[Rough Draft]

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3.23.2004

go -- burn my monster!

so i've been @ work now for over an hour, and i'm not sure i have spoken to anyone yet. why, you ask? b/c one of the security officers handed me a puzzle on the way in, and i was hooked. as such, i shall attempt to poison the minds of anyone who might stumble across my blog on this day -- here goes:

"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 his while fishing in 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 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 some of the books' names are not 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 stand 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 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 might 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 all the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mass exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found."

i could only get 29 b/c there was a stupid type-o in the sheet my friend gave me. so i have called down a pox upon his children and his children's children. if you need it, here's the answer.

oh, and the name change -- that's targeted directly @ dennis. he's been getting so much done @ work lately that i have given him not one, but two challenges. tee hee.

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