Feb 20, 2009 David Lang

Test Your Searching Skills and Save Money

Accordance enables you to create very sophisticated searches using a variety of search commands and symbols. You'll find a list of those commands and symbols in the Search menu, and explanations of how to use them in the Accordance Help and the PDF User's Guide (in the Manuals & Documents folder inside your Accordance folder). Dr. J has also done one of a two-part series of webinars on using Commands and Symbols, and part two is next Tuesday.

Now, I want to give you a little extra incentive to hone your Accordance searching skills by conducting a little challenge. I'm going to give you a series of ten clues to words found in the King James Bible. I chose the KJV simply because it is included in nearly every Accordance package, so just about everyone should have it. You need to figure out how to find these words using Accordance commands and symbols, then send me an e-mail with the correct answer to each question, along with the search you did to find it (just copy and paste the search argument out of Accordance and into the e-mail). If you complete the challenge successfully, you'll have become something of a search whiz, AND you'll earn a $30 credit toward your next Accordance purchase! I'll e-mail you back to let you know if you completed the challenge successfully and to give you instructions for how to redeem your credit.

Sound good? Okay, here are the words you need to find:

1. A five-letter palindrome in Ezra

2. A place name with 3 sets of doubled letters (like MiSSiSSiPPi)

3. The longest word in Isaiah (18 letters)

4. A name with 4 consecutive vowels

5. A name with one letter repeated five times

6. A six-letter word in which the first three letters are repeated (that is, in the pattern abcabc)

7. The most common word used at the beginning of a book

8. The most common name used at the beginning of a book

9. The most common word used at the beginning of a sentence

10. The most common word used at the end of a sentence

To find these mystery words, you'll need to use symbols like the asterisk, the question mark, and the equals sign. You'll need to limit a couple of searches to a particular range. You'll need to use a particular search command for the questions about words at the beginning or end of a sentence or book. Oh, and you might want to click the Details button and check out the Analysis for a couple of these.

Those are all the hints I'm going to give you. The rest you have to do on your own. Once you've found all ten mystery words, e-mail me at dlang [at] accordancebible [dot] com with the list of words and the search arguments you used to find them. Be sure to include your name, e-mail address, and physical address just so we can make sure we give the credit to you rather than to someone else with the same name as you!

You need to e-mail me before 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, February 25. I'll post the answers here next Friday, February 27.

Good luck, have fun, and remember, completing this challenge successfully will earn you a $30 credit toward your next Accordance purchase!

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Archived Comments


February 20, 2009 4:08 PM

Great challenge—and quite fun!

joshua Young

February 20, 2009 7:07 PM

will gladly work for accordance money :)


February 22, 2009 10:06 PM

Sounds like fun!