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How do I randomize the DISTINCT TOP(4) returned SQL rows for this query?

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Hi, I'm trying to develop an SQL query that returns 4 random rows.

Basically it looks at 4 entries found in eord_line and then returns all matching items from epar_rels. It will return around 12 results but II only want 4 distinct randomly selected ones.

Any ideas as I can't use DISTINCT with ORDER BY NEWID().

Thanks
SELECT     TOP (4) epar_rels.relative, plis_brks.price, epar.descr
FROM         epar_rels LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      eord_line ON epar_rels.part = eord_line.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      plis_brks ON epar_rels.relative = plis_brks.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      epar_stoc ON epar_rels.relative = epar_stoc.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      epar ON epar_rels.relative = epar.part
WHERE     (eord_line.ref_no = 'TEST000663') AND (epar_stoc.stock > 0) AND (plis_brks.price_list = 'Q42004WEB')
ORDER BY NEWID()

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Question by:joshgeake
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 1000 total points
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try this;:
SELECT TOP 4 *
FROM (
SELECT     DISTINCT epar_rels.relative, plis_brks.price, epar.descr
FROM         epar_rels LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      eord_line ON epar_rels.part = eord_line.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      plis_brks ON epar_rels.relative = plis_brks.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      epar_stoc ON epar_rels.relative = epar_stoc.part LEFT OUTER JOIN
                      epar ON epar_rels.relative = epar.part
WHERE     (eord_line.ref_no = 'TEST000663') AND (epar_stoc.stock > 0) AND (plis_brks.price_list = 'Q42004WEB')
) sq
ORDER BY NEWID()

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Super, thanks :D
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