1. ## Alphabetical Numbers

Here is a quick one that might take some thought!

How many numbers are there in the alphabet <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

2. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

Which alphabet are we talking about - greek?

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Alternate answer is 0</span hide>

3. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Strictly speaking, none.
If you mean, how many can be spelt using letters of the alphabet, then all of them, up to and including 'infinity'.
If you mean, how many can be spelt using letters of the alphabet, but only using those letters once, I've no idea.</span hide>

4. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">26, at any given time, if you believe each one is a variable</span hide>

Steve

5. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

Very inventive answers, and based on the wide scope of answers (which are very valid mind you!) I thought I should narrow down the question a little! (Sorry 'bout that!)

If you read the alphabet in alphabetical order, how many valid roman numerals are there?

6. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">C = 100
CD = 400
D = 500
I = 1
L = 50
M = 1000
V = 5
X = 10
So 8 that are within the alphabet itself. If you meant all Roman numbers that consist of letters in alphabetic order, such as CDIV = 404, there are 41 solutions.</span hide>

7. ## Re: Alphabetical Numbers

Wow Hans, you are too detailed here.
All I was after was <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">8</span hide>
The trick is to also take <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">CD</span hide> into consideration, as this would be overlooked by the "average; normal; standard; "non-Hans" like person!!! <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">CD being a perfectly systematic alphabetical order, no skipping letters.</span hide>
Well done!

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