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From the Ted Talk by Dan Finkel: Can you solve the giant spider riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

The web stretches over a large chasm, with intersecting strands ______ to a single point on the other side. Moving across each strand ________ a careful dash, and you must keep going until you stop at the next hub where two _______ _____. By ancient spider code, only one __________ may ________ the web at a time. You must take turns, moving from one intersection to an adjacent one. No one may spin new paths into existence or skip turns. You begin two ______ from Shelob, and to win, you must catch her by your tenth move. Can you attain the mantle of spider supremacy?

Solution

  1. competitor
  2. traverse
  3. coming
  4. requires
  5. strands
  6. spaces
  7. cross

Original Text

The web stretches over a large chasm, with intersecting strands coming to a single point on the other side. Moving across each strand requires a careful dash, and you must keep going until you stop at the next hub where two strands cross. By ancient spider code, only one competitor may traverse the web at a time. You must take turns, moving from one intersection to an adjacent one. No one may spin new paths into existence or skip turns. You begin two spaces from Shelob, and to win, you must catch her by your tenth move. Can you attain the mantle of spider supremacy?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
great spider 2

Important Words

  1. adjacent
  2. ancient
  3. attain
  4. careful
  5. catch
  6. chasm
  7. code
  8. coming
  9. competitor
  10. cross
  11. dash
  12. existence
  13. hub
  14. intersecting
  15. intersection
  16. large
  17. mantle
  18. move
  19. moving
  20. paths
  21. point
  22. requires
  23. shelob
  24. side
  25. single
  26. skip
  27. spaces
  28. spider
  29. spin
  30. stop
  31. strand
  32. strands
  33. stretches
  34. supremacy
  35. tenth
  36. time
  37. traverse
  38. turns
  39. web
  40. win