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From the Ted Talk by Daniel Finkel: Can you solve the time travel riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Once you’re through it, the portal will close, and your only way back will be to create a new one using the chrono-nodules from your lab. attiaevcd nuedlos connect to each other via red or blue tachyon entanglement. Activate more nodules and they’ll connect to all other nodules in the area. As soon as a red or blue triangle is created with a nodule at each piont, it opens a dooawry through time that will take you back to the present. But the color of each individual connection manifests at random, and there’s no way to chosoe or change its color.

Open Cloze

Once you’re through it, the portal will close, and your only way back will be to create a new one using the chrono-nodules from your lab. _________ _______ connect to each other via red or blue tachyon entanglement. Activate more nodules and they’ll connect to all other nodules in the area. As soon as a red or blue triangle is created with a nodule at each _____, it opens a _______ through time that will take you back to the present. But the color of each individual connection manifests at random, and there’s no way to ______ or change its color.

Solution

  1. choose
  2. point
  3. doorway
  4. nodules
  5. activated

Original Text

Once you’re through it, the portal will close, and your only way back will be to create a new one using the chrono-nodules from your lab. Activated nodules connect to each other via red or blue tachyon entanglement. Activate more nodules and they’ll connect to all other nodules in the area. As soon as a red or blue triangle is created with a nodule at each point, it opens a doorway through time that will take you back to the present. But the color of each individual connection manifests at random, and there’s no way to choose or change its color.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
blue triangle 5
red triangle 4
ramsey theory 2

Important Words

  1. activate
  2. activated
  3. area
  4. blue
  5. change
  6. choose
  7. close
  8. color
  9. connect
  10. connection
  11. create
  12. created
  13. doorway
  14. entanglement
  15. individual
  16. lab
  17. manifests
  18. nodule
  19. nodules
  20. opens
  21. point
  22. portal
  23. present
  24. random
  25. red
  26. tachyon
  27. time
  28. triangle