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#### From the Ted Talk by Daniel Finkel: Can you solve the sea monster riddle?

## Unscramble the Blue Letters

You think back to the legends. In the stories, the ruler of the city saved his people by feeding the creatures a ransom of pearls. The pearls would be split equally between the leviathans ldors. Each ltviheaan would then divide its share into 11 equal piles, keeping one, and giving the other 10 to their kraken commanders. Each kraken would then divide its share into 13 eaqul peils, keeping one, and dubirtintsig the other twelve to their mermite minions. If any one of these divoniiss left an uqenaul pile or leftover pearl, the monsters would pull everyone to the bottom of the sea. Such was the fate of your fabled sister city.
## Open Cloze

You think back to the legends. In the stories, the ruler of the city saved his people by feeding the creatures a ransom of pearls. The pearls would be split equally between the leviathans **_____**. Each **_________** would then divide its share into 11 equal piles, keeping one, and giving the other 10 to their kraken commanders. Each kraken would then divide its share into 13 **_____** **_____**, keeping one, and **____________** the other twelve to their mermite minions. If any one of these **_________** left an **_______** pile or leftover pearl, the monsters would pull everyone to the bottom of the sea. Such was the fate of your fabled sister city.
## Solution

- distributing
- divisions
- unequal
- piles
- lords
- leviathan
- equal

## Original Text

You think back to the legends. In the stories, the ruler of the city saved his people by feeding the creatures a ransom of pearls. The pearls would be split equally between the leviathans lords. Each leviathan would then divide its share into 11 equal piles, keeping one, and giving the other 10 to their kraken commanders. Each kraken would then divide its share into 13 equal piles, keeping one, and distributing the other twelve to their mermite minions. If any one of these divisions left an unequal pile or leftover pearl, the monsters would pull everyone to the bottom of the sea. Such was the fate of your fabled sister city.
## Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

### ngrams of length 2

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sea monsters |
3 |

thousand years |
2 |

## Important Words

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