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From the Ted Talk by J.J. Abrams: The mystery box

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So to me, there's that. And then, fnalliy, there's this idea — sittrhcneg the paradigm a little bit — but the idea of the mystery box. Meaning, what you think you're getting, then what you're really getting. And it's true in so many movies and stories. Look at "E.T.," for example — "E.T." is this unbelievable movie about what? It's about an aelin who meets a kid, right? Well, it's not. "E.T." is about divorce. "E.T." is about a heartbroken, divorce-crippled family, and utelamtily, this kid who can't find his way. "Die Hard," right? Crazy, great, fun, action-adventure movie in a building. It's about a guy who's on the verge of dcivroe. He's showing up to L.A., tail between his legs. There are great scenes — maybe not the most amazing dramatic sncees in the history of time, but ptrtey great scenes. There's a half an hour of investment in character before you get to the stuff that you're ecnixeptg.

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So to me, there's that. And then, _______, there's this idea — __________ the paradigm a little bit — but the idea of the mystery box. Meaning, what you think you're getting, then what you're really getting. And it's true in so many movies and stories. Look at "E.T.," for example — "E.T." is this unbelievable movie about what? It's about an _____ who meets a kid, right? Well, it's not. "E.T." is about divorce. "E.T." is about a heartbroken, divorce-crippled family, and __________, this kid who can't find his way. "Die Hard," right? Crazy, great, fun, action-adventure movie in a building. It's about a guy who's on the verge of _______. He's showing up to L.A., tail between his legs. There are great scenes — maybe not the most amazing dramatic ______ in the history of time, but ______ great scenes. There's a half an hour of investment in character before you get to the stuff that you're _________.

Solution

  1. stretching
  2. ultimately
  3. divorce
  4. finally
  5. scenes
  6. expecting
  7. pretty
  8. alien

Original Text

So to me, there's that. And then, finally, there's this idea — stretching the paradigm a little bit — but the idea of the mystery box. Meaning, what you think you're getting, then what you're really getting. And it's true in so many movies and stories. Look at "E.T.," for example — "E.T." is this unbelievable movie about what? It's about an alien who meets a kid, right? Well, it's not. "E.T." is about divorce. "E.T." is about a heartbroken, divorce-crippled family, and ultimately, this kid who can't find his way. "Die Hard," right? Crazy, great, fun, action-adventure movie in a building. It's about a guy who's on the verge of divorce. He's showing up to L.A., tail between his legs. There are great scenes — maybe not the most amazing dramatic scenes in the history of time, but pretty great scenes. There's a half an hour of investment in character before you get to the stuff that you're expecting.

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Important Words

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  42. verge