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From the Ted Talk by Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But then a little while later I got a message, a couple weeks later, from Google, saying, hey, someone here has an envelope for you. So I go and get it, open it up, and it's punch cards. (Laughter) Google-branded punch cdars. And on these punch cards, there are a bnuch of holes, and I said, thank you, thank you, okay, so what's on here? So I get some software and start reading it, and scan them, and it turns out it's a plzzue. There's a bunch of code, and I get some friends to help, and we crack the code, and then inside that is another code, and then there are some equations, and then we slove those equations, and then finally out pops a message from Google which is their official answer to my article, and it said, "No comment." (Laughter) (Applause)

Open Cloze

But then a little while later I got a message, a couple weeks later, from Google, saying, hey, someone here has an envelope for you. So I go and get it, open it up, and it's punch cards. (Laughter) Google-branded punch _____. And on these punch cards, there are a _____ of holes, and I said, thank you, thank you, okay, so what's on here? So I get some software and start reading it, and scan them, and it turns out it's a ______. There's a bunch of code, and I get some friends to help, and we crack the code, and then inside that is another code, and then there are some equations, and then we _____ those equations, and then finally out pops a message from Google which is their official answer to my article, and it said, "No comment." (Laughter) (Applause)

Solution

  1. solve
  2. puzzle
  3. cards
  4. bunch

Original Text

But then a little while later I got a message, a couple weeks later, from Google, saying, hey, someone here has an envelope for you. So I go and get it, open it up, and it's punch cards. (Laughter) Google-branded punch cards. And on these punch cards, there are a bunch of holes, and I said, thank you, thank you, okay, so what's on here? So I get some software and start reading it, and scan them, and it turns out it's a puzzle. There's a bunch of code, and I get some friends to help, and we crack the code, and then inside that is another code, and then there are some equations, and then we solve those equations, and then finally out pops a message from Google which is their official answer to my article, and it said, "No comment." (Laughter) (Applause)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
data centers 4
punch cards 3
air molecules 2
data center 2
hard drive 2

Important Words

  1. answer
  2. applause
  3. article
  4. bunch
  5. cards
  6. code
  7. comment
  8. couple
  9. crack
  10. envelope
  11. equations
  12. finally
  13. friends
  14. google
  15. hey
  16. holes
  17. laughter
  18. message
  19. official
  20. open
  21. pops
  22. punch
  23. puzzle
  24. reading
  25. scan
  26. software
  27. solve
  28. start
  29. turns
  30. weeks