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"From the Ted Talk by Gregory Heyworth: How I'm discovering the secrets of ancient texts"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And so six years ago, I changed the direction of my career. At the time, I was wonirkg on "The Chess of Love," the last important long poem of the European mddlie Ages never to have been edited. And it wasn't edited because it existed in only one manuscript which was so badly damegad during the frmobbiineg of Dresden in wrold War II that generations of scholars had pcenoronud it lost. For five years, I had been working with an ultraviolet lamp trying to recover traces of the writing and I'd gone about as far as technology at the time could actually take me.

Open Cloze

And so six years ago, I changed the direction of my career. At the time, I was _______ on "The Chess of Love," the last important long poem of the European ______ Ages never to have been edited. And it wasn't edited because it existed in only one manuscript which was so badly _______ during the ___________ of Dresden in _____ War II that generations of scholars had __________ it lost. For five years, I had been working with an ultraviolet lamp trying to recover traces of the writing and I'd gone about as far as technology at the time could actually take me.

Solution

  1. working
  2. pronounced
  3. world
  4. damaged
  5. firebombing
  6. middle

Original Text

And so six years ago, I changed the direction of my career. At the time, I was working on "The Chess of Love," the last important long poem of the European Middle Ages never to have been edited. And it wasn't edited because it existed in only one manuscript which was so badly damaged during the firebombing of Dresden in World War II that generations of scholars had pronounced it lost. For five years, I had been working with an ultraviolet lamp trying to recover traces of the writing and I'd gone about as far as technology at the time could actually take me.

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collocation frequency
multispectral imaging 5

Important Words

  1. ages
  2. badly
  3. career
  4. changed
  5. chess
  6. damaged
  7. direction
  8. dresden
  9. edited
  10. european
  11. existed
  12. firebombing
  13. generations
  14. ii
  15. important
  16. lamp
  17. long
  18. lost
  19. love
  20. manuscript
  21. middle
  22. poem
  23. pronounced
  24. recover
  25. scholars
  26. technology
  27. time
  28. traces
  29. ultraviolet
  30. war
  31. working
  32. world
  33. writing
  34. years