If you love playing interactive games and solving puzzles, then testing your wits in an “escape room” may be right up your alley. As the name suggests, an escape room is a locked room __1__ you must escape. In order to do so, you are required to find clues and solve a series of puzzles — all in a limited amount of time. Escape rooms typically have a theme, such as solving a murder mystery or executing a successful prison break.
While escape rooms __2__ particularly popular in recent years, the concept dates back to the 2000s. A Japanese publishing company called SCRAP is credited with creating the first escape room in Kyoto in 2007. Called Real Escape Game, or REG, it soon became a success in Japan and other Asian countries. In 2012, San Francisco __3__ the first permanent REG on American soil. As of July 2022, there were reportedly close to 2,000 escape rooms run by various companies across the US. However, this figure was slightly lower than in previous years due to COVID-19.
The future outlook for the escape room industry seems __4__, according to industry insiders. One reason for this is the development of certain types of technology that are making escape rooms more sophisticated and interesting. Another is the growing tendency for millennials and zoomers to spend their money on new experiences __5__ just material things. You may want to try this unique adventure for yourself.
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根據業內知情人士，密室逃脫未來的展望似乎是樂觀的。其中一個原因是特定科技的發展讓密室逃脫變得更精密且有趣。另一個原因是千禧世代和 Z 世代愈來愈傾向於花錢在新的體驗上，而非僅是物質的東西。你可能會想要親自試試這個獨特的冒險。
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What Did You Learn?
1. (A) by that (B) for what (C) from which (D) with whom
2. (A) become (B) have become (C) will become (D) are to become
3. (A) invaded (B) associated (C) offended (D) established
4. (A) positive (B) general (C) doubtful (D) miserable
5. (A) by means of (B) in return for (C) as opposed to (D) in keeping with
答案: 1. (C) 2. (B) 3. (D) 4. (A) 5. (C)
Word in Use
1. interactive a. 互動的
The science museum has interactive exhibits that give kids a hands-on experience.
2. wit n. 機智
Cathy can always solve various problems with her extraordinary wit.
3. clue n. 線索（與介詞to並用）
The police are examining the wreckage of the bus for clues to the cause of the explosion.
4. murder n. 謀殺（案）
The media is keeping track of the investigation into the murder.
5. execute vt. 執行
The boss trusts Mindy because she can always execute plans with precision.
1. date back to + 時間 回溯至……（某時）
This Catholic church dates back to 313 AD.
這座天主教教堂的歷史可回溯至西元 313 年。
2. be credited with. . . 認為某事是……做的；具有……的功勞
Bill is credited with saving the company from bankruptcy.
3. as of + 時間 截至／直到某時間為止
As of today, I am not planning to get married any time soon.
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