MS Query, Join 2 data sources using partial match


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Jan 5, 2007
(Excel 2007)
I've been trying to track down the exact way to do this, and I just can't seem to get it. So stop me if I'm doing this all wrong.

I have a ODBC data source which consists of a lot of manufacturing BOMs (Bill of Materials), now a customer wants us to make a list of all their boms by part#.

Their part numbers are 6-12 alpha numeric part#'s.

We store the BOMs as the part# + Rev. in our database.

What I want to do is query the data and "join" the list that they want extracted.

What I did was load up all the BOM data onto a table, and the list of part#'s from the customer on a second table. Saved as Excel.

Opened a new Workbook and used MS Query to pull in the 2 tables from file #1.

Now if I join the list of parts to our part# + Rev field, I don't get anything. But I added some part#'s with Rev to their list and it worked.

Suggestions? I need some kind of partial match. For instance if their part# is "123456", then "123456 A" would match. I was trying editing the query's "WHERE" statement, but the syntax is eluding me.

Original, basic JOIN that MS Query wizard adds.
WHERE `'Filter List$'`.Column1 = `'BOM Query$'`.BKBM_PARENT
tried something like this:
WHERE `'Filter List$'`.Column1 Like `'BOM Query$'`.BKBM_PARENT & "*" OR  `'BOM Query$'`.BKBM_PARENT Like `'Filter List$'`.Column1 & "*"
Hope that's enough, info, but let me know if more information is needed.

Thanks in advance,
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