Saturday Stumper # 6 — Answer
The names of all the books of the Bible are hidden within these five paragraphs. Can you find them? Some books, like ZEPHENIAH or HABBAKUK, are straightforward, but for books that usually have a numeric prefix, the book name is not repeated and would be hard for even EZEKIAL or the EPHESIANS to find.
This is A MOSt reMARKable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman, Mr. LEVI TICUSter, 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, Ian and PHILIPP (IAN’S brother) who worked on this while fishing from their JOHN boat. A relative from CORINTH, IAN’S cousin ISAIAH, 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, JOSHUA “EZ” RAlly, has a sister who JUDGES the JOB of solving this puzzle so intense, sHE BREWS a cup of tea to calm her nervES.
THERe are others who, like TIMOTHY, find this puzzle easy. 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 an ECCLESIASTES scholar (like JON A. Harriman) 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 MICAH Delta PHI LEMONade booth set a new record.
A local paper, The NEMEMIAH CHRONICLE, Surveyed over 200 JUDEan patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen; they felt that it was harder to understand than the greatest SONG OF SOLOMON. As DANIEL HumaNA HUMbly put it in a PROVERB, “Some of the books are 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; they will have PSALMS in their hearts, while others may feel like ZECHARIAH. One REVELATION that may help is that some books are found without their NUMBERS; also, punctuation and spaces in the middle of book names are allowed and norMAL.
A CHIpper attitude will help you comPETE Really well against those who claim to know the answers. Have you heard the quote by JEREMIAH DEUTER “O NO, MY brother found more than I did!” , or his brother’s response “ToO BAD – I AHead of you!” One GAL AT IANSville, Arkansas, said that a lady she knew (not an old HAG) GAIned many insights by reading slowly and eventually came up with the COLOSSI ANSwer. She then went and had her hair done by SAM U. ELegant at THE “S’ SALON. I ANSwer folks with the following advice, “Keep looking.” Remember, there is no need for a mad EXODUS; all the books of the Bible are lurKING Somewhere in these paragraphs, waiting to be found.