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THE LOCH NESS MONSTER Complete. One word is missing in each case.

Loch is the Scottish word (1).................... a lake. Loch Ness is a very long, narrow lake (2).................... the Highlands in the north of Scotland. It is very deep, (3).................... 300 metres in some places. When the mist is (4).................... over the lake in the evening, you can see the creature swimming (5).................... the surface of the water, a series of great humps raised in the air, (6).................... a huge snake. (7).................... you want to see the monster, it (8).................... if you have a few drops of whisky first, just to (9).................... warm. It quickly gets cold beside the Loch, even (10).................... a warm summer's day. (11).................... very early times, people have talked (12).................... monsters in Scotland. Nessie was seen first in 565AD when she attacked some travellers (13).................... were crossing the lake (14).................... a small boat. The first time she was seen recently was in 1933. The people who saw her (15).................... Mr and Mrs John Mackay. The Mackays were local people who just (16).................... to be the owners of the only hotel beside the lake. The story they (17).................... was printed in the local newspaper, and from (18).................... it found its way (19).................... the London national dailies. Hundreds of reporters invaded Drumnadrochit. The Mackays' hotel (20).................... wonderful business.

Answers. Not very difficult. An advanced student might have one error and an upper intermediate, three or four.

Loch is the Scottish word (1) for a lake. Loch Ness is a very long, narrow lake (2) in the Highlands in the north of Scotland. It is very deep, (3) over 300 metres in some places. When the mist is (4) rising over the lake in the evening, you can see the creature swimming (5) across/on the surface of the water, a series of great humps raised in the air, (6) like a huge snake. (7) If/when you want to see the monster, it (8) helps if you have a few drops of whisky first, just to (9) keep warm. It quickly gets cold beside the Loch, even (10) after/on a warm summer's day. (11) From/Since very early times, people have talked (12) of/about monsters in Scotland. Nessie was seen first in 565AD when she attacked some travellers (13) who were crossing the lake (14) in a small boat. The first time she was seen recently was in 1933. The people who saw her (15) were Mr and Mrs John Mackay. The Mackays were local people who just (16) happened to be the owners of the only hotel beside the lake. The story they (17) told was printed in the local newspaper, and from (18) there it found its way (19) into the London national dailies. Hundreds of reporters invaded Drumnadrochit. The Mackays' hotel (20) did wonderful business.

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