Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Different Kind of Quiz

"I will question you, and you shall answer Me"
Job 38:3

I can't take credit for this, but it's a fun challenge.  How many can you find?

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph.  
Can you find them?  
This is a most remarkable puzzle.  
It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket 
on a flight from Los Angeles 
to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours.  
He enjoyed it so much that he passed it on to some friends.  
One friend from Illinois 
worked on this while fishing from his johnboat.  
Another friend studied it 
while playing his banjo.  Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, 
was so intrigued by it 
she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column.  
Another friend judges the job of solving it so involving, 
she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves.  
There will be some names that are really easy to spot.  
That's a fact.  Some people, however, 
will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since 
the book names are not necessarily capitalized.  
Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced 
to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar 
to see some of them, at the worst.  
Research seems to show that 
something in our genes is responsible 
for the difficulty we have 
in seeing the books in this paragraph.  
During a recent fund-raising event, 
which featured this puzzle, 
the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth 
set a new sales record.  
And the local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed 
over 200 patrons, who reported that this puzzle 
was one of the most difficult they had ever seen.  
As Daniel Humana humble puts it, 
the books are all right there in plain view, 
yet hidden from sight.  
Those able to find all of them will hear lamentations 
from those who couldn't see them.  
One revelation that may help is that books 
like Timothy and Samuel 
may occur without their numbers.  
Also, keep in mind that punctuation and spaces 
in the middle are normal.  A chipper attitude 
will also help you to compete really well 
against those who claim to know the answers.  
Don't be frustrated.  
There is no need for a mad exodus; 
there really are 30 books of the Bible 
lurking somewhere in this paragraph, 
waiting to be found.

Answers tomorrow!

~ "You search the Scriptures,
for in them you think you have eternal life;
and these are they which testify of Me" ~
John 5:39

1 comment:

  1. I see you've already published the answers, but I scrolled quickly past that post to this one.

    I have found 23 books:

    1. reMARKable (Mark)
    2. honoluLU KEeping (Luke)
    3. JOHNboat (John)
    4. banJO ELaine (Joel)
    5. friend JUDGES (Judges)
    6. the JOB of solving (Job)
    7. sHE BREWS a cup of tea (Hebrews)
    8. in a JAM, ESpecially (James)
    9. admiT IT USusally (Titus)
    10. in our GENES IS responsible (Genesis)
    11. alpha delta PHI LEMONade (Philemon)
    12. the CHRONICLE Surveyed (Chronicles)
    13. as DANIEL (Daniel)
    14. humaNA HUmble (Nahum)
    15. hear LAMENTATIONS (Lamentations)
    16. one REVELATION (Revelation)
    17. like TIMOTHY (Timothy)
    18. and SAMUEL (Samuel)
    19. without their NUMBERS (Numbers)
    20. norMAL A CHIpper (Malachi)
    21. comPETE Really well (Peter)
    22. mad EXODUS (Exodue)
    23. lurKING Somewhere (Kings)

    I had hoped to do better! Now I will go see which 7 books I missed. This was great fun!