So first of all, "dop2000" I very much appreciate you taking the time to reply. That in and of itself is awesome.
"Many things wrong with my screenshots" - didn't doubt that, hence my post! :) But (as mentioned in my post) I AM a newbie and totally dependent on what I can scrape from a combination of tutorials, community posts and previous non-C3 coding experience.
Thank you for the "loopindex" suggestion. The tutorial I got this from used a local variable, but loopindex is much more efficient/neat.
The double delimiters are again a byproduct of a tutorial. It was originally for a 2-dimensional array using the semicolons to separate x/y, but (not being 100% sure of the necessity of both in a 1-dim array situation) I choose to leave both in there. I have used trim functions outside of C3, so good to know it works here - it's definitely a safer way to parse things.
Thank you most of all for an actual example of good code and not just a suggestion - suggestions are great for people who know all about a tool, but us newbies need a little hand-holding.
End result? I working sample program for which I am very, very grateful! I will delve into loading the JSON file directly into an array once I purchase I license and have access to those features. Right now I am testing features to make sure Construct 3 is a good fit for what direction I need to go (educational games heavily dependent on data arrays). Seems to have a little bit of a bad rap in some circles as not being a serious engine and mainly used for hobbyists and rapid prototyping instead of professional development. I want to see if this is actually true or if some people are going with bigger names just because "everyone else is doing it".
Also (since you have been so kind as to respond and save me from another day of head-banging), can you point me to a way in C3 to sort an array that has a mix of words that are lowercase and uppercase (without throwing all the uppercase words to the start of the array)? I've gotten around this in other software by temporarily changing the uppercase words to lowercase and replacing them after the sort (and/or using some ASCII magic), but haven't found a solution yet in my C3 searching. I am 100% sure this has already been covered somewhere...
THANKS A MILLION!!!