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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Can you solve the death race riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The nghit before the Death Race across the Wastelands is set to begin, your uncle, the geart inventor Slate Kanoli, got keappidnd by the ruthless No-Side gang. The only way to get him back is to race his Coil Runner against the gang yourself. Win and they’ll give back your uncle. Lose and you’ll forfeit the Coil Runner and all his other cenroiats. As the grueling race gets uanedrwy, you find yourself falling further and further behind. Your only canhce is to take a shortcut your uncle told you about–– the Flux Ravine gambit.

Open Cloze

The _____ before the Death Race across the Wastelands is set to begin, your uncle, the _____ inventor Slate Kanoli, got _________ by the ruthless No-Side gang. The only way to get him back is to race his Coil Runner against the gang yourself. Win and they’ll give back your uncle. Lose and you’ll forfeit the Coil Runner and all his other _________. As the grueling race gets ________, you find yourself falling further and further behind. Your only ______ is to take a shortcut your uncle told you about–– the Flux Ravine gambit.

Solution

  1. underway
  2. creations
  3. great
  4. kidnapped
  5. chance
  6. night

Original Text

The night before the Death Race across the Wastelands is set to begin, your uncle, the great inventor Slate Kanoli, got kidnapped by the ruthless No-Side gang. The only way to get him back is to race his Coil Runner against the gang yourself. Win and they’ll give back your uncle. Lose and you’ll forfeit the Coil Runner and all his other creations. As the grueling race gets underway, you find yourself falling further and further behind. Your only chance is to take a shortcut your uncle told you about–– the Flux Ravine gambit.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
helium tank 6
fuel gauge 5
coil runner 4
gauge glows 4
oxygen levels 3
tank rattles 3
gravitometer spins 3
panic switch 3
uncle slate 2
glowing fuel 2
test run 2
fourth test 2
fuel tank 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
fuel gauge glows 4
helium tank rattles 3

Important Words

  1. chance
  2. coil
  3. creations
  4. death
  5. falling
  6. find
  7. flux
  8. forfeit
  9. gambit
  10. gang
  11. give
  12. great
  13. grueling
  14. inventor
  15. kanoli
  16. kidnapped
  17. lose
  18. night
  19. race
  20. ravine
  21. runner
  22. ruthless
  23. set
  24. shortcut
  25. slate
  26. told
  27. uncle
  28. underway
  29. wastelands
  30. win