Numbers by First Appearance of Letters

For each letter of the alphabet, name the first whole number (starting from zero) that contains that letter when spelled out.
Excluding the word "and"
Answers must be spelled out
Some of the numbers are very large
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: November 21, 2017
First submittedOctober 9, 2017
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Letter
Number
A
Thousand
B
Billion
C
Octillion
D
Hundred
E
Zero
F
Four
G
Eight
H
Three
I
Five
Letter
Number
J
-
K
-
L
Eleven
M
Million
N
One
O
Zero
P
Septillion
Q
Quadrillion
R
Zero
Letter
Number
S
Six
T
Two
U
Four
V
Five
W
Two
X
Six
Y
Twenty
Z
Zero
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Level 72
Oct 9, 2017
wow! both fun and interesting!
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Level 69
Aug 5, 2020
I don't think I've ever done one of these quizzes where my strategy had such a big impact. I went through, letter by letter, and did terribly. Then, I tried again, this time filling in z e r and o, then n, then t w, and so on - and finished easily. Not sure I'd have done that without already seeing the answers for c and p though.
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Level 15
Aug 5, 2020
I did your seconed strategy as well and got twenty questions right :-)!
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Level 82
Oct 9, 2017
Reminds me of the classic Bare Naked Ladies song- "If I had an octillion dollars".
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Level 77
Nov 21, 2017
Is that the Zimbabwe version?
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Level 51
Dec 13, 2017
hahahaha I actually started crying when I read this
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Level 44
Dec 14, 2017
I don't get the reference.
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Level 81
Dec 15, 2017
kgoodsir, Zimbabwe used to use the Zimbabwean dollar as currency, but discontinued using it after a period of hyperinflation. When they changed currencies, the exchange rate was one US dollar to 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars.
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Level 81
Mar 31, 2019
That would still be almost 30 billion US dollars, 30,000 times more than the song's million.
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Level 65
Aug 5, 2020
It's headed that way again.
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Level 68
Nov 21, 2017
Misread this and was trying to work out the first whole number that started with each letter. Gave up in frustration after 90 seconds. Oops.
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Level 62
Dec 13, 2017
same here. i got five correct.
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Level 80
Nov 22, 2017
I don't agree with excluding "and". It's part of the spelling...
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Level 71
Nov 22, 2017
Yeah, I wasted a lot of time with A thinking about "and" Fun quiz though
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Level 38
Nov 24, 2017
but 1285, for instance, is not "One Thousand, two hundred and eighty five" in the correct sense, most people will say "and", but the correct way excludes it.
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Level 72
Dec 13, 2017
Both ways are correct; there's different usage by country (I think the US is the only place where the 'and' is usually omitted).
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Level 37
Dec 14, 2017
Why is 'and' not part of the word though, especially if people add the 'and' when they say it (except some Americans). The French use 'et un' for their numbers '21', '31', '41', '51' and '61', and for '71' they use 'et onze'... it's part of the written format. Back in the olden days of cheques (which can still be used today if people so choose', you have to write out the whole number, including the 'and's for the bank, who deal with numbers every single day. Nothing against you personally, by the way, just getting the point across to those making the same point as you and yours is the first...
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Level 62
Dec 14, 2017
Whether or not using "and" is 'correct' or 'incorrect', it's ultimately somewhat trivial in this quiz as it only effects the answer to Letter A. Choosing to exclude 'and' means that it takes just a little more thinking to get the answer :-)
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2018
Anyway, the answer is one thousAND
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2018
In the UK the "correct" way is definitely to use "and". Excluding the word is fine, but I think people saying it is "incorrect" to include "and" are definitely wrong.
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Level 57
Aug 5, 2020
In Canada when we are writing cheques, we are supposed to omit the and in numbers. If you put it in, fine, but officially you are not supposed to.
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Level 65
Aug 5, 2020
"And" in numbers is only for separating fractions.
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Level 71
Dec 4, 2017
right..."and" is NOT part of the spelling. In fact, it's a common trivia question "What is the first number to contain the letter "A" and most people will say one hundred AND one, but it's One Thousand because no number contains the word "and"
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2018
I wouldn't trust your trivia set to tell you that including the word "and" in a number is incorrect.
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Level 75
Nov 22, 2017
Cool quiz!
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Level 71
Nov 22, 2017
Fun :)
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Level 71
Nov 22, 2017
Love it. And find it funny that I got quadrillion but missed six.
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Level 77
Sep 4, 2019
Got Septillion but missed Eight...
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Level 59
Nov 22, 2017
I already made the same quiz and mine was made several months earlier - how come this was featured?
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2017
I'm guessing because including "and", as you did, is not technically correct.
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2018
What technicality makes it incorrect?
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Level 46
Nov 22, 2017
Creative.
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Level 10
Nov 22, 2017
I actually got septillion right I just guessed woohoo! ;p
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Level 75
Nov 23, 2017
N, U, G, H and T should come under zero, possibly some other letters as well for other synonyms.

It would probably be better to use numbers starting from 1 instead?
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Level 54
Dec 13, 2017
Nought is slang, same as goose-egg, love, zilch, zip, none, nada, null, naught, nil, and many, many, many other terms for zero.
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2017
Nought (or Naught) is not really slang, it means nothing and can be used as a number. It is not a slang term for zero but a word for nothing...... as in "All his worry was for nought" or "It was all for naught" etc.
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Level 75
Jan 29, 2019
Yes exactly - nought is not slang:

nought
Dictionary result for nought
/nɔːt/
noun
British
noun: nought; plural noun: noughts
1.
the digit 0.
synonyms: nil, zero, 0; More
love;
a duck;
datedcipher
"Richard Scott went for nought, caught behind by Bishop"
pronoun
pronoun: nought
1.
variant spelling of naught.
synonyms: nothing, nothing at all, naught; More
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Level 72
Nov 24, 2017
Great quiz, kiwi!!
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2017
What about roman numerals? The answer for C should be 100 :)
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Level 77
Dec 13, 2017
when spelled out
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Level 55
Dec 13, 2017
He was being sarcastic. Notice the :) at the very end.
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Level 60
Dec 13, 2017
anybody just counting in their head and then immediately switching to Bank Account.
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Level 83
Dec 13, 2017
I wonder how many people on this site have actually heard that song.
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Level 45
Dec 13, 2017
Interesting quiz!
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Level 69
Dec 14, 2017
Doesn't pentillion come before septillion for P?
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Level 78
Dec 14, 2017
It's quintillion.
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Level 70
Dec 15, 2017
Good quiz, had to rush and still didn't make it.
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Level 65
Dec 23, 2017
For "g" all I could think of was googol. Eight seams obvious in retrospect.
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Level 74
Aug 5, 2020
Don't forget gazillion
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Level 23
May 6, 2018
Deceptively difficult tbh.
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Level 74
May 21, 2018
Just discovered this quiz - pretty cool - and the stats page, showing the % of people getting each amount out of 24, has thrown up quite an unusual distribution of scores.
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Level 72
Oct 29, 2018
Very interesting idea for a quiz.
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Level 81
Mar 31, 2019
Darn you, octillion. C seemed like too common a letter to go that far forward so I just skipped it thinking I was missing something.
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Level 23
Oct 8, 2019
100%. Surprisingly.......................... cause Math is not my subject. {Ohhh wait, English is....)
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Level 36
Mar 15, 2020
I missed two... I can never come back from this.
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Level 34
Jul 9, 2020
did you miss two answers or "two" answers?
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Level 34
Jul 9, 2020
got septillion with 5 seconds left
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Level 43
Aug 5, 2020
I would like to thank my friend [REDACTED] for telling me most of these
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Level 29
Aug 5, 2020
this quiz was awesome. nice idea and very unique
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2020
Whole numbers...dang it! I totally tried pi for "p" ;)
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2020
Only missed Septillion in the first try.
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Level 47
Aug 5, 2020
P occures in pentillion which is smaller than septillion
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2020
The term for "pentillion" is Quintillion! Latin, not greek!
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Level 39
Aug 5, 2020
Enjoyed this very much. Well, after I had stopped staring at the letter "A" and continued with the slightly easier ones :-)
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Level 40
Aug 5, 2020
This may sound ridiculous, but I'm convinced the game 'cookie clicker' is what enabled me to get all of them first try... Finally a use for knowing alot of the '-illions'.
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Level 65
Aug 6, 2020
Surprised to have got them all!