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"From the Ted Talk by Scott Kim: The art of puzzles"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So, here is what I created for dseocivr Magazine. And it has to be solvable in a magazine. You know, you can't cut out the pieces and move them around. So, here is the nine peiecs. And you're supposed to put them into this grid. And you have to choose pieces that oaelvrp on the edge. There is only one solution. It's not that hard. But it takes some persistence. And when you're done, it makes this design, which, if you squint, is the word "helix." So, that's the form of the puzzle coming out of the cnontet, rather than the other way around.

Open Cloze

So, here is what I created for ________ Magazine. And it has to be solvable in a magazine. You know, you can't cut out the pieces and move them around. So, here is the nine ______. And you're supposed to put them into this grid. And you have to choose pieces that _______ on the edge. There is only one solution. It's not that hard. But it takes some persistence. And when you're done, it makes this design, which, if you squint, is the word "helix." So, that's the form of the puzzle coming out of the _______, rather than the other way around.

Solution

  1. content
  2. overlap
  3. discover
  4. pieces

Original Text

So, here is what I created for Discover Magazine. And it has to be solvable in a magazine. You know, you can't cut out the pieces and move them around. So, here is the nine pieces. And you're supposed to put them into this grid. And you have to choose pieces that overlap on the edge. There is only one solution. It's not that hard. But it takes some persistence. And when you're done, it makes this design, which, if you squint, is the word "helix." So, that's the form of the puzzle coming out of the content, rather than the other way around.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
computer games 4
figure ground 3
discover magazine 3
white area 3
social media 3

Important Words

  1. choose
  2. coming
  3. content
  4. created
  5. cut
  6. design
  7. discover
  8. edge
  9. form
  10. grid
  11. hard
  12. magazine
  13. move
  14. overlap
  15. persistence
  16. pieces
  17. put
  18. puzzle
  19. solution
  20. solvable
  21. squint
  22. supposed
  23. takes
  24. word