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From the Ted Talk by Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Last year, I took a more cpauoentcl approach to the valentine. I had this idea that I wanted people to receive a kind of mysterious love letter, like a found fragment in their mailbox. I wanted it to be something that was not addressed to them or signed by me, something that caused them to wonder what on Earth this thing was. And I sifaepclilcy wrtoe four pegas that don't ccnonet. There were four different versions of this. And I wrote them so that they begin in the middle of a sentence, end in the middle of a sentence. And they're on the one hand, universal, so I avoid specific names or places, but on the other hand, they're personal. So I wanted popele to really get the ssnee that they had received something that could have been a love letter to them. And I'm just going to read one of them to you.

Open Cloze

Last year, I took a more __________ approach to the valentine. I had this idea that I wanted people to receive a kind of mysterious love letter, like a found fragment in their mailbox. I wanted it to be something that was not addressed to them or signed by me, something that caused them to wonder what on Earth this thing was. And I ____________ _____ four _____ that don't _______. There were four different versions of this. And I wrote them so that they begin in the middle of a sentence, end in the middle of a sentence. And they're on the one hand, universal, so I avoid specific names or places, but on the other hand, they're personal. So I wanted ______ to really get the _____ that they had received something that could have been a love letter to them. And I'm just going to read one of them to you.

Solution

  1. connect
  2. specifically
  3. sense
  4. people
  5. wrote
  6. pages
  7. conceptual

Original Text

Last year, I took a more conceptual approach to the valentine. I had this idea that I wanted people to receive a kind of mysterious love letter, like a found fragment in their mailbox. I wanted it to be something that was not addressed to them or signed by me, something that caused them to wonder what on Earth this thing was. And I specifically wrote four pages that don't connect. There were four different versions of this. And I wrote them so that they begin in the middle of a sentence, end in the middle of a sentence. And they're on the one hand, universal, so I avoid specific names or places, but on the other hand, they're personal. So I wanted people to really get the sense that they had received something that could have been a love letter to them. And I'm just going to read one of them to you.

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