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"From the Ted Talk by Alex Rosenthal: The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Each Mystery Hunt has a theme. Past ones have included "The Matrix" and "Alice in wlannedrod." It's often pop culture and literary based themes. And the goal is to find the coin that's been hidden somewhere on MIT's campus. And in order to get there, you have to solve around 150 pezuzls and do various events and challenges. I had done this for about 10 years without ever diermang of winning, until January of 2016, where 53 huors into a hunt whose tmehe is the movie "Inception," we haven't slept in days, so everything is hilarious ...

Open Cloze

Each Mystery Hunt has a theme. Past ones have included "The Matrix" and "Alice in __________." It's often pop culture and literary based themes. And the goal is to find the coin that's been hidden somewhere on MIT's campus. And in order to get there, you have to solve around 150 _______ and do various events and challenges. I had done this for about 10 years without ever ________ of winning, until January of 2016, where 53 _____ into a hunt whose _____ is the movie "Inception," we haven't slept in days, so everything is hilarious ...

Solution

  1. dreaming
  2. wonderland
  3. theme
  4. hours
  5. puzzles

Original Text

Each Mystery Hunt has a theme. Past ones have included "The Matrix" and "Alice in Wonderland." It's often pop culture and literary based themes. And the goal is to find the coin that's been hidden somewhere on MIT's campus. And in order to get there, you have to solve around 150 puzzles and do various events and challenges. I had done this for about 10 years without ever dreaming of winning, until January of 2016, where 53 hours into a hunt whose theme is the movie "Inception," we haven't slept in days, so everything is hilarious ...

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collocation frequency
mystery hunt 6
aha moment 5
mit mystery 4
mock clucking 3
text adventure 3
puzzle laughter 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
mit mystery hunt 4

Important Words

  1. based
  2. campus
  3. challenges
  4. coin
  5. culture
  6. days
  7. dreaming
  8. events
  9. find
  10. goal
  11. hidden
  12. hilarious
  13. hours
  14. hunt
  15. included
  16. january
  17. literary
  18. movie
  19. mystery
  20. order
  21. pop
  22. puzzles
  23. slept
  24. solve
  25. theme
  26. themes
  27. winning
  28. wonderland
  29. years