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#### From the Ted Talk by James Tanton: Can you survive the creation of the universe by solving this riddle?

## Unscramble the Blue Letters

Today’s the big day. You’re an ielgennltit creature of matter amidst a caotihc crowd of alien races. Every hundred million yreas, sentient species of the gxalay send emissaries to the core to pay tribute to the galactic seed you’re all descended from. Each of the 27,182 attendees has brought a cube of matter and a cube of antimatter. Except you: you’ve been chosen to represent your femad aetncsor and reenact its moment of choice. Everyone places their mttear and antimatter cubes in a ring. Your job: pick a spot to stand where you won’t be aeilinthand. The ring is too large to simulate aonaitilnhins like before, but you have a programmable device you can point at sopts between cubes. The device can detect the full sequence of cubes around the circle, count cubes of each type, perform arithmetic, and carry out simple logical commands.
## Open Cloze

Today’s the big day. You’re an **___________** creature of matter amidst a **_______** crowd of alien races. Every hundred million **_____**, sentient species of the **______** send emissaries to the core to pay tribute to the galactic seed you’re all descended from. Each of the 27,182 attendees has brought a cube of matter and a cube of antimatter. Except you: you’ve been chosen to represent your **_____** **________** and reenact its moment of choice. Everyone places their **______** and antimatter cubes in a ring. Your job: pick a spot to stand where you won’t be **___________**. The ring is too large to simulate **_____________** like before, but you have a programmable device you can point at **_____** between cubes. The device can detect the full sequence of cubes around the circle, count cubes of each type, perform arithmetic, and carry out simple logical commands.
## Solution

- famed
- intelligent
- chaotic
- ancestor
- matter
- annihilated
- years
- spots
- galaxy
- annihilations

## Original Text

Today’s the big day. You’re an intelligent creature of matter amidst a chaotic crowd of alien races. Every hundred million years, sentient species of the galaxy send emissaries to the core to pay tribute to the galactic seed you’re all descended from. Each of the 27,182 attendees has brought a cube of matter and a cube of antimatter. Except you: you’ve been chosen to represent your famed ancestor and reenact its moment of choice. Everyone places their matter and antimatter cubes in a ring. Your job: pick a spot to stand where you won’t be annihilated. The ring is too large to simulate annihilations like before, but you have a programmable device you can point at spots between cubes. The device can detect the full sequence of cubes around the circle, count cubes of each type, perform arithmetic, and carry out simple logical commands.
## Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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