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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The tale of the boy who tricked the Devil

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In the sun-dappled streets of a small town, a proud mother showed off her newborn son. Upon noticing his lckuy birthmark, townsfolk pteedrcid he would marry a princess. But soon, these rumors reached the ears of the wicked king. Enraged, the king stole the child away, and sent him hurtling down the river. But the infant’s luck proved greater than the king’s plan.
Years later, the king was traveling his realm, when he sptoetd a sprtipang young man with an unncnay birthmark. After cmiforinng the child’s origins, the sly king entrusted the boy with a letter for the qeeun. The youth eagerly set out to deliver the message— not knowing he was carrying his own dateh sentence.

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In the sun-dappled streets of a small town, a proud mother showed off her newborn son. Upon noticing his _____ birthmark, townsfolk _________ he would marry a princess. But soon, these rumors reached the ears of the wicked king. Enraged, the king stole the child away, and sent him hurtling down the river. But the infant’s luck proved greater than the king’s plan.
Years later, the king was traveling his realm, when he _______ a _________ young man with an _______ birthmark. After __________ the child’s origins, the sly king entrusted the boy with a letter for the _____. The youth eagerly set out to deliver the message— not knowing he was carrying his own _____ sentence.

Solution

  1. lucky
  2. predicted
  3. uncanny
  4. strapping
  5. death
  6. confirming
  7. queen
  8. spotted

Original Text

In the sun-dappled streets of a small town, a proud mother showed off her newborn son. Upon noticing his lucky birthmark, townsfolk predicted he would marry a princess. But soon, these rumors reached the ears of the wicked king. Enraged, the king stole the child away, and sent him hurtling down the river. But the infant’s luck proved greater than the king’s plan.
Years later, the king was traveling his realm, when he spotted a strapping young man with an uncanny birthmark. After confirming the child’s origins, the sly king entrusted the boy with a letter for the queen. The youth eagerly set out to deliver the message— not knowing he was carrying his own death sentence.

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