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"From the Ted Talk by Daniel Finkel: Can you solve the alien probe riddle?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The discovery of an alien monolith on planet RH-1729 has scientists across the world racing to unlock its mrtiyeses. Your engineering team has developed an eglneat probe to sudty it. The probe is a collection of 27 cube muodels capable of running all the scientific tests necessary to analyze the monolith. The modules can self-assemble into a large 3x3x3 cube, with each iuvadndiil module placed anywhere in the cube, and at any orientation. It can also break itself apart and reassemble into any other orientation.

Open Cloze

The discovery of an alien monolith on planet RH-1729 has scientists across the world racing to unlock its _________. Your engineering team has developed an _______ probe to _____ it. The probe is a collection of 27 cube _______ capable of running all the scientific tests necessary to analyze the monolith. The modules can self-assemble into a large 3x3x3 cube, with each __________ module placed anywhere in the cube, and at any orientation. It can also break itself apart and reassemble into any other orientation.

Solution

  1. elegant
  2. study
  3. individual
  4. modules
  5. mysteries

Original Text

The discovery of an alien monolith on planet RH-1729 has scientists across the world racing to unlock its mysteries. Your engineering team has developed an elegant probe to study it. The probe is a collection of 27 cube modules capable of running all the scientific tests necessary to analyze the monolith. The modules can self-assemble into a large 3x3x3 cube, with each individual module placed anywhere in the cube, and at any orientation. It can also break itself apart and reassemble into any other orientation.

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collocation frequency
red faces 3
faces purple 3
face cubes 3
edge cubes 3
corner cubes 3
center cube 3

Important Words

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  2. analyze
  3. break
  4. capable
  5. collection
  6. cube
  7. developed
  8. discovery
  9. elegant
  10. engineering
  11. individual
  12. large
  13. module
  14. modules
  15. monolith
  16. mysteries
  17. orientation
  18. planet
  19. probe
  20. racing
  21. reassemble
  22. running
  23. scientific
  24. scientists
  25. study
  26. team
  27. tests
  28. unlock
  29. world