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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Can you solve the rebel supplies riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

If that still seems hard to wrap your head around, let’s look at a slightly different problem. Imagine the boxes contain groceries. You see one marked for smnhepit to a steakhouse and one to a vegetarian restaurant. Then you see two more boxes turned upside down: one lbelead as containing meat, and another as containing onions. Which ones do you need to cechk? Well, it’s easy – make sure the meat isn’t being shipped to the vegetarian rnatsrauet, and that the box going there doesn’t contain meat. The onions can go to either place, and the box bound for the stsokhaeue can contain either product.

Open Cloze

If that still seems hard to wrap your head around, let’s look at a slightly different problem. Imagine the boxes contain groceries. You see one marked for ________ to a steakhouse and one to a vegetarian restaurant. Then you see two more boxes turned upside down: one _______ as containing meat, and another as containing onions. Which ones do you need to _____? Well, it’s easy – make sure the meat isn’t being shipped to the vegetarian __________, and that the box going there doesn’t contain meat. The onions can go to either place, and the box bound for the __________ can contain either product.

Solution

  1. labeled
  2. steakhouse
  3. shipment
  4. check
  5. restaurant

Original Text

If that still seems hard to wrap your head around, let’s look at a slightly different problem. Imagine the boxes contain groceries. You see one marked for shipment to a steakhouse and one to a vegetarian restaurant. Then you see two more boxes turned upside down: one labeled as containing meat, and another as containing onions. Which ones do you need to check? Well, it’s easy – make sure the meat isn’t being shipped to the vegetarian restaurant, and that the box going there doesn’t contain meat. The onions can go to either place, and the box bound for the steakhouse can contain either product.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
red top 4

Important Words

  1. bound
  2. box
  3. boxes
  4. check
  5. easy
  6. groceries
  7. hard
  8. head
  9. imagine
  10. labeled
  11. marked
  12. meat
  13. onions
  14. place
  15. problem
  16. product
  17. restaurant
  18. shipment
  19. shipped
  20. slightly
  21. steakhouse
  22. turned
  23. upside
  24. vegetarian
  25. wrap