Re: 30 books of the Bible in one paragraph

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Tue Feb 07 2006 - 15:34:34 EST

Great puzzle!! It nearly drove me mad!

I got 19 on the first pass, 27 by the end of the second, 29 after three
passes, and the last one was a really obvious one that I'd missed & I had to
start trying books I'd not got on the list.

My wife caught me saying out loud the end of one word and the beginning of
the next in different combinations and asked if I was speaking in tongues


On 2/6/06, Peter Ruest <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> The following puzzle is from the "Call of Kenya" (Jan.-Mar.2006, a
> quarterly
> publication of Bible Translation and Literacy, East Africa: Nairobi Kenya,
> Of course, the puzzle is to be solved without computer
> help!
> ...............................................................................
> 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 he passed it on to some friends. One friend
> from
> Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. 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 this puzzle 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. Thruthfully, 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 has shown 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
> Philemonade
> booth set a new sales record. 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 are all right there in
> the
> plain view hidden from sight." Those able to find all of them will hear
> great
> lamentations from those who have to be shown. 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 help you compete really well against those who claim to know
> the
> answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30
> books
> of the Bible lurking somewhere in the paragraph waiting to be found.
> ...............................................................................
> --
> Dr. Peter Ruest, CH-3148 Lanzenhaeusern, Switzerland
> <> - Biochemistry - Creation and evolution
> "..the work which God created to evolve it" (Genesis 2:3)

After the game, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
- Italian Proverb
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