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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Can you solve the dragon jousting riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

After centuries of war, the world’s kingdoms have come to an agreement. Every five yeras, teams rnrsentepeig the elves, goblins, and treefolk will compete in a grand tournament of dragon jsnoitug. Every team will face each of the others once. The kingdom whose team wins the most maecths will rule all of Center-Realm until the next tournament. To prevent any outside meddling, the games are to be conducted in absolute sceret except for a group of wizards who will make sure nobody uses enchantments, hexes, or spells to cheat.

Open Cloze

After centuries of war, the world’s kingdoms have come to an agreement. Every five _____, teams ____________ the elves, goblins, and treefolk will compete in a grand tournament of dragon ________. Every team will face each of the others once. The kingdom whose team wins the most _______ will rule all of Center-Realm until the next tournament. To prevent any outside meddling, the games are to be conducted in absolute ______ except for a group of wizards who will make sure nobody uses enchantments, hexes, or spells to cheat.

Solution

  1. matches
  2. years
  3. secret
  4. representing
  5. jousting

Original Text

After centuries of war, the world’s kingdoms have come to an agreement. Every five years, teams representing the elves, goblins, and treefolk will compete in a grand tournament of dragon jousting. Every team will face each of the others once. The kingdom whose team wins the most matches will rule all of Center-Realm until the next tournament. To prevent any outside meddling, the games are to be conducted in absolute secret except for a group of wizards who will make sure nobody uses enchantments, hexes, or spells to cheat.

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Important Words

  1. absolute
  2. agreement
  3. centuries
  4. cheat
  5. compete
  6. conducted
  7. dragon
  8. elves
  9. enchantments
  10. face
  11. games
  12. goblins
  13. grand
  14. group
  15. hexes
  16. jousting
  17. kingdom
  18. kingdoms
  19. matches
  20. meddling
  21. prevent
  22. representing
  23. rule
  24. secret
  25. spells
  26. team
  27. teams
  28. tournament
  29. treefolk
  30. war
  31. wins
  32. wizards
  33. years