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From the Ted Talk by Alex Rosenthal: Can you solve the human cannonball riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

They call you the human clanobnanl, but you’re really more of a pinball preosn. Your act involves flying through a dozen rings of fire, bnincuog through a trampoline course, and catching the tzaepirst in the grand finale.
Your cannon has metal coils that accelerate you to the perfect speed. At least it’s supposed to. Today’s pre-flight test fails dramatically, and upon inspection, this is a clear act of sabotage: someone amped the power up to the max.
It’s too late to abort the launch; the trapezist will plummet if you don’t cctah him in a few mntuies. So you’d better get fixing.

Open Cloze

They call you the human __________, but you’re really more of a pinball ______. Your act involves flying through a dozen rings of fire, ________ through a trampoline course, and catching the _________ in the grand finale.
Your cannon has metal coils that accelerate you to the perfect speed. At least it’s supposed to. Today’s pre-flight test fails dramatically, and upon inspection, this is a clear act of sabotage: someone amped the power up to the max.
It’s too late to abort the launch; the trapezist will plummet if you don’t _____ him in a few _______. So you’d better get fixing.

Solution

  1. person
  2. cannonball
  3. catch
  4. minutes
  5. bouncing
  6. trapezist

Original Text

They call you the human cannonball, but you’re really more of a pinball person. Your act involves flying through a dozen rings of fire, bouncing through a trampoline course, and catching the trapezist in the grand finale.
Your cannon has metal coils that accelerate you to the perfect speed. At least it’s supposed to. Today’s pre-flight test fails dramatically, and upon inspection, this is a clear act of sabotage: someone amped the power up to the max.
It’s too late to abort the launch; the trapezist will plummet if you don’t catch him in a few minutes. So you’d better get fixing.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
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energy cells 5

Important Words

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  2. accelerate
  3. act
  4. amped
  5. bouncing
  6. call
  7. cannon
  8. cannonball
  9. catch
  10. catching
  11. clear
  12. coils
  13. dozen
  14. dramatically
  15. fails
  16. finale
  17. fire
  18. fixing
  19. flying
  20. grand
  21. human
  22. inspection
  23. involves
  24. late
  25. max
  26. metal
  27. minutes
  28. perfect
  29. person
  30. pinball
  31. plummet
  32. power
  33. rings
  34. speed
  35. supposed
  36. test
  37. trampoline
  38. trapezist