A friend sent me this Bible brain-teaser, which apparently has made its way all over the Web.
Can you find thirty (30) books of the Bible in the paragraph below? Actually, there are thirty-one (31) if you can find the variant of one Old Testament prophet.
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 a 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 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. God Bless.
1) How many did you find on the first read? How did your method change as you progressed?
2) Did you "cheat"? How? Why did you consider it cheating?
3) Did you feel competitive? Whom did you feel you were competing against?
4) How did you attempt to solve this? Did you try to do it really quickly? Were you slow and methodical? Was it more important to get done fast, or to find all the books, or were both about equal priorities? Did you keep track of the books as you found them? When you got stuck, did you go back and review the ones you'd already found?
5) Think about the method you used to solve this puzzle. Is it similar to the way you try to solve daily challenges in your life?