Sunday, August 3, 2008

Early Morning Mental Meander

A = 103, B = 109, C=1027, D=102, E=3, F=4, G=8, H=3, I=5, J=???, K=???, L=11, M=106, N=1, O=1, P=1018, Q=1015, R=3, S=6, T=2, U=4, V=5, W=2, X=6, Y=20, Z=???

I woke up and this popped into my head. Two questions:

First, what is the rule?

Second, what are the missing values?

Hint: I excluded the number 0 because, well, it doesn't really count.

First one with the answer gets a star named after him/her.

3 comments:

Sean Benson said...

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, ...

Herbal Amanda said...

I would answer your questions but you already explained it to me, so I feel it would be cheating :)

Sean said...

Answer: If you count, and spell out the words for each number in English, the first time you run into that letter is given in the sequence:

A=10^3=one thousAnd
B=10^9=one Billion
C=10^27=one oCtillion
D=10^2=one hunDred
E=3 = thrEe
etc.

The problem with J is it's never used in counting numbers.
K is if you're counting by 10^(-5) which is "one laKhth"
Z if you're including Zero in your count.