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"From the Ted Talk by David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet -- and it's magic"

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Now, solving exists across all cultures. The American iennoitvn is the crossword puzzle, and this year we are cileantebrg the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, first published in The New York World. But many other cultures have their signature puzzles as well. China gives us tangrams, which would test solvers' abilities to form shapes from the jumbled pieces. Chaos. Order. oredr. And order. That one's my frviotae, let's hear it again. Okay. And how about this puzzle invented in 18th-century England: the jigsaw puzzle. Is this not making order out of cahos?

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Now, solving exists across all cultures. The American _________ is the crossword puzzle, and this year we are ___________ the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, first published in The New York World. But many other cultures have their signature puzzles as well. China gives us tangrams, which would test solvers' abilities to form shapes from the jumbled pieces. Chaos. Order. _____. And order. That one's my ________, let's hear it again. Okay. And how about this puzzle invented in 18th-century England: the jigsaw puzzle. Is this not making order out of _____?

Solution

  1. celebrating
  2. favorite
  3. order
  4. chaos
  5. invention

Original Text

Now, solving exists across all cultures. The American invention is the crossword puzzle, and this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, first published in The New York World. But many other cultures have their signature puzzles as well. China gives us tangrams, which would test solvers' abilities to form shapes from the jumbled pieces. Chaos. Order. Order. And order. That one's my favorite, let's hear it again. Okay. And how about this puzzle invented in 18th-century England: the jigsaw puzzle. Is this not making order out of chaos?

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don quixote 8
crossword puzzle 7
read don 6
red donkey 4
silver ox 4
york times 4
emerald rooster 4
amber owl 4
cobalt horse 4
purple marker 3

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read don quixote 6

Important Words

  1. abilities
  2. american
  3. anniversary
  4. celebrating
  5. chaos
  6. china
  7. crossword
  8. cultures
  9. exists
  10. favorite
  11. form
  12. hear
  13. invented
  14. invention
  15. jigsaw
  16. jumbled
  17. making
  18. order
  19. pieces
  20. published
  21. puzzle
  22. puzzles
  23. shapes
  24. signature
  25. solving
  26. tangrams
  27. test
  28. world
  29. year
  30. york