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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Jason and the Argonauts

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The remaining aanurgots continued their quest, until stopping at the sight of an old man surrounded by a swirl of heapris. This was Phineas, a seer csreud by Zeus to endure old age, blindness, and endless torrtue for giving away his prophecies. Moved by his plight, the wind brrhoets set upon the folck, providing Phineas with a brief respite from his punishment. In return, the seer told them how to overcome the terrifying taril that lay ahead: the Symplegades, a pair clashing rocks that reduced ships to splinters.

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The remaining _________ continued their quest, until stopping at the sight of an old man surrounded by a swirl of _______. This was Phineas, a seer ______ by Zeus to endure old age, blindness, and endless _______ for giving away his prophecies. Moved by his plight, the wind ________ set upon the _____, providing Phineas with a brief respite from his punishment. In return, the seer told them how to overcome the terrifying _____ that lay ahead: the Symplegades, a pair clashing rocks that reduced ships to splinters.

Solution

  1. trial
  2. brothers
  3. harpies
  4. argonauts
  5. cursed
  6. flock
  7. torture

Original Text

The remaining Argonauts continued their quest, until stopping at the sight of an old man surrounded by a swirl of harpies. This was Phineas, a seer cursed by Zeus to endure old age, blindness, and endless torture for giving away his prophecies. Moved by his plight, the wind brothers set upon the flock, providing Phineas with a brief respite from his punishment. In return, the seer told them how to overcome the terrifying trial that lay ahead: the Symplegades, a pair clashing rocks that reduced ships to splinters.

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