There are thirty 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. 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 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 Phi lemonade 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 humbly puts it "The books are all right here in
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 this paragraph waiting to be found.