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From the Ted Talk by Dan Katz and Alex Rosenthal: Can you solve the sorting hat riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When you put on the sorting hat, you hear a voice. “Ah, you’re an itnneetirsg one. Every year I choose one student for a special challenge, and I choose you. The Magical Macademy had 8 founders, and they established our four huseos two by two by two by two. I alone know which witches founded which. But there was once a mysterious fifth house, lost to time but full of secrets and proeuwfl artifacts. MMMMMM? If you can tell me who feuodnd each house, I’ll sort you into whichever you want. However, if you can also tell me the name of the seecrt 5th house, I’ll let you sort into it, and you’ll inherit everything you discover.

Open Cloze

When you put on the sorting hat, you hear a voice. “Ah, you’re an ___________ one. Every year I choose one student for a special challenge, and I choose you. The Magical Macademy had 8 founders, and they established our four ______ two by two by two by two. I alone know which witches founded which. But there was once a mysterious fifth house, lost to time but full of secrets and ________ artifacts. MMMMMM? If you can tell me who _______ each house, I’ll sort you into whichever you want. However, if you can also tell me the name of the ______ 5th house, I’ll let you sort into it, and you’ll inherit everything you discover.

Solution

  1. interesting
  2. founded
  3. secret
  4. houses
  5. powerful

Original Text

When you put on the sorting hat, you hear a voice. “Ah, you’re an interesting one. Every year I choose one student for a special challenge, and I choose you. The Magical Macademy had 8 founders, and they established our four houses two by two by two by two. I alone know which witches founded which. But there was once a mysterious fifth house, lost to time but full of secrets and powerful artifacts. MMMMMM? If you can tell me who founded each house, I’ll sort you into whichever you want. However, if you can also tell me the name of the secret 5th house, I’ll let you sort into it, and you’ll inherit everything you discover.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
magical macademy 2
logic puzzle 2
secret house 2

Important Words

  1. artifacts
  2. challenge
  3. choose
  4. discover
  5. established
  6. founded
  7. founders
  8. full
  9. hat
  10. hear
  11. house
  12. houses
  13. inherit
  14. interesting
  15. lost
  16. macademy
  17. magical
  18. mmmmmm
  19. mysterious
  20. powerful
  21. put
  22. secret
  23. secrets
  24. sort
  25. sorting
  26. special
  27. student
  28. time
  29. voice
  30. witches
  31. year