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From the Ted Talk by Alex Rosenthal: The Chasm | Think Like A Coder, Ep 6

Unscramble the Blue Letters

With Hedge’s fuel gauge on empty he won’t be able to fly Ethic across, so the only ooitpn is to make a bridge. Fortunately, the floating stacks of setons nebary are bridge components— ivtnneed by Octavia herself— called hover-blocks. Activate a pile with a burst of energy, and they’ll self-assemble to span the ravine as Ethic wlkas across. But there is, of course, a catch. The hover-blocks are only stable when they’re perfectly palindromic. Meaning they have to form a sequence that’s the same when viewed forwards and backwards.

Open Cloze

With Hedge’s fuel gauge on empty he won’t be able to fly Ethic across, so the only ______ is to make a bridge. Fortunately, the floating stacks of ______ ______ are bridge components— ________ by Octavia herself— called hover-blocks. Activate a pile with a burst of energy, and they’ll self-assemble to span the ravine as Ethic _____ across. But there is, of course, a catch. The hover-blocks are only stable when they’re perfectly palindromic. Meaning they have to form a sequence that’s the same when viewed forwards and backwards.

Solution

  1. walks
  2. nearby
  3. option
  4. stones
  5. invented

Original Text

With Hedge’s fuel gauge on empty he won’t be able to fly Ethic across, so the only option is to make a bridge. Fortunately, the floating stacks of stones nearby are bridge components— invented by Octavia herself— called hover-blocks. Activate a pile with a burst of energy, and they’ll self-assemble to span the ravine as Ethic walks across. But there is, of course, a catch. The hover-blocks are only stable when they’re perfectly palindromic. Meaning they have to form a sequence that’s the same when viewed forwards and backwards.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
naïve solution 5
madam im 2
im adam 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
madam im adam 2

Important Words

  1. activate
  2. bridge
  3. burst
  4. called
  5. catch
  6. empty
  7. energy
  8. ethic
  9. floating
  10. fly
  11. form
  12. fortunately
  13. forwards
  14. fuel
  15. gauge
  16. invented
  17. meaning
  18. nearby
  19. octavia
  20. option
  21. palindromic
  22. perfectly
  23. pile
  24. ravine
  25. sequence
  26. span
  27. stable
  28. stacks
  29. stones
  30. viewed
  31. walks