Thanks for the response. I'm not looking for a mods by name, rather doing broad searches that often return [presumably more than] the 20 results the search is limited to. I had tried a google site search, but that has its own shortcomings. Even with a bit more specificity:
<search term> "Game Version: 1.12" site:curseforge.com/minecraft/mc-mods
google can't compensate for a poor site search feature in a case like this.