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Smallest Number

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#26010
Fun:*** (2.93)
Difficulty:*** (2.55)
Category:Language
Submitted By:fishmedAus******mod
Corrected By:fishmed

 

 

 



What is the smallest whole number that, when written out, uses all the vowels, A, E, I, O, U and even Y one and one time only each in its spelling?



Answer

6020

sIx thOUsAnd twEntY

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Comments

55may55**
Sep 23, 2005

i liked that one it was very cute. good job!!!
lives_2sing**
Sep 24, 2005

it was kool.
smarty_blondy*ro*
Sep 24, 2005

You sure managed to stump me on this one, good job and keep it up.
fishmedAus*
Sep 24, 2005

I did find out I might be wrong. Another number has been put up in the correction queues and this might change shortly.
mrs-harrison
Oct 09, 2005

How about 1025? maybe even a smaller one...
redraptor50*us*
Nov 11, 2005

good one, keep them coming, I came up with another answer though so maybe I was wrong
tonjawithaj*us*
Mar 02, 2007

I thought I had you on this but then I saw you said each one was only used once...good one!
lmurray*cn*
Apr 06, 2007

JUST TO ANNOY YOU, HOW ABOUT
TWO HUNDRED "and" THIRTY
rbasch*
Apr 06, 2007

thOUsAnd EIghtY (1080)
grams60Aus*
Apr 06, 2007

great treser it gets the juices going
but i still didn't solve it . Had fus tryimg good job keep up th good work.......
rbasch*
Apr 06, 2007

Both of these are smaller than 6020:
(250) twO hUndrEd And fIftY
(1080) thOUsAnd EIghtY
Admittedly, both are colloquial representations vs. proper "canonical representations", but are nonetheless valid.
Phoenixtears*
Apr 06, 2007

Though others seem to have different answers, 6020 is the answer that I got!
kauphi1976Aus*
Apr 06, 2007

pretty cool
though i agree with 250 ( n i came up with 260 )
cloughmeAws*
Apr 06, 2007

Excellent!

twO hUndrEd fIftY (no A) or OnE thOUsAnd EIghtY (2 E's & 2 O's) do not fit the criteria
brudork*
Apr 06, 2007

I glad I gave up... I was starting from the beginning!
casarussell*
Apr 06, 2007

"EIghtY fOUr" got me close but left me with an "A". I then gave up. good one.
spaz1
Apr 06, 2007

how about twEntY sIx thOUsAnd?

or better yet twEntY sIx thOUsAndths? XD Technically it still works and you can't get much smaller than that.
Quomann*gb
Apr 06, 2007

How about OnE hUndrEd And thIrtY.
anion*
Apr 06, 2007

This one was fun...

Good teaser!!
gnosys
Apr 06, 2007

I see somebody else came up with twEntY-sIx thOUsAndths (26/1000). You should specify WHOLE number.

There's also YArIOUglE, a number I just discovered, which is smaller than one. (One is only the smallest whole number visible to the naked eye. Under a powerful electron microscope many smaller numbers can be observed between one and zero. By the way, yariougle is a super-prime -- it's too small to be divisible even by one and itself.)

I don't buy 260 and 1020. There's no "and" in 260, and there's a "one" in front of 1020.
kitty728Aus*
Apr 06, 2007

ONCE AGAIN, DUH... U GUYS ARE EITHER VERY SMART OR ARE THESE REPEATS.... Y IS IT Y'ALL ARE GETTING THEM AND IM NOT???? LOL LOL MAYBE ITS TOO EARLY.... LATER GATORS OR SHOULD I SAY LATER RHODES SCHOLARS......LOL LOL
bradon182001*us*
Apr 06, 2007

I really thought hard and long about this one, but couldn't come up with an acceptable answer. Good thought provoking teaser.
puttumupus*
Apr 06, 2007

sorry but i think it wasnt a very good teaser....
Aarghonautsus*
Apr 06, 2007

That was great fun!! And I like the discussion that went on in the comments as a result However, I was waay too impatient to look at the answer rather than figure it out!!! Shame on me!!!
(user deleted)
Apr 06, 2007

The smallest is 1005.

OnE thOUsAnd fIve.

Unless they are including sometimes y, then it would be 1025.
katjojoAus*
Apr 06, 2007

I thought there could be smaller answers also.
jamy400Aus*
Apr 06, 2007

Very clever but can't it be smaller? Oh well still really good!
fredhornadayAus*
Apr 06, 2007

I think that I've found the smallest while meeting the criteria --TWo HuNDReD aND THiRTy. Fun one! Great job all! Do we have too much time on our hands or what????
maykneeac
Apr 06, 2007

When the numbers are written correctly and all the specified parameters of the teaser are met, the smallest number is 6020...six thousand twenty.
babyceeus*
Apr 06, 2007

i was stumped. this is a great teaser.
notsosmart111Aie*
Apr 06, 2007

Wow that was quite easy!
2ndhandroseca*
Apr 06, 2007

What about - eighty-four thousand?
udoboy*us*
Apr 06, 2007

6020 is properly written "six thousand twenty." The word "and" in a number denotes the decimal.

negative four uses all the five vowels, not y

Ninety thousandths (0.009) is the smallest number that meets the requiremenst of this teaser.
locutus13dsus*
Apr 06, 2007

I thought One thousand twenty five, but two "o"'s
SubtoxAus*
Apr 06, 2007

Udoboy, I agree with you on the "and" thing. However, .009 is just nine thousandths. Ninety thousandths would be the same as nine hundredths, or .090. I'm thinking twenty-six thousandths (.026) is the lowest number allowed by this teaser.
I_Write_Books*
Apr 06, 2007

Well, look on the bright side-even if the answer given isn't the smallest one, it still got everyone involved!
rlm714
Apr 06, 2007

1090--One thousand ninety
(user deleted)
Apr 06, 2007

This is incorrect! The smallest number is twO hUndrEd And thIrtY!!!
Pizzazz2uAus*
Apr 06, 2007

The best thing about the teaser is that it did get several people to use that device in their heads and to challenge several answers just to say that their answer is a viable one. So, it is a totally fantastic teaser! Keep up the magnificent work, guys! And, I am using that reference as a compliment.
Musikman212*ca*
Apr 06, 2007

In the spirit of the teaser, 6020 is the correct answer. No matter how hard you try to prove you are smarter than everyone else, you show your ignorance by trying to put the word "and" in the middle of a number, or by using the letter "e" more than once.
C'mon I thought people here were smarter than this.
bill78094
Apr 06, 2007

I have to agree with subtox. Very thought provoking teaser.
barf314*
Apr 06, 2007

Goes to show how many people real all the rules before jumping to conclusions. I came up with some number in the thousands, then I read the "once and only once" clause. And to those using decimals, who are you trying to fool...that's "allowed" by the wording, but clearly not the spirit of the teaser.
SubtoxAus*
Apr 06, 2007

Barf, I don't think .026 would be very happy to hear that you don't consider it a real number. The teaser doesn't specify "whole number" or "integer", so I figured decimals were fair game. I wasn't trying to be a big fat nerd and challenge the teaser anyway; I was only responding to other comments.
udoboy*us*
Apr 06, 2007

good catch subtox... I tried using "negative" but couldn't come up with a number that didn't use an e, a or i to go with it... heh heh
udoboy*us*
Apr 06, 2007

Minus forty ate?
cooltigerr1Aus**
Apr 06, 2007

ohhh i didnt know i could use consanants! haha im suchh a blonde... nice one
2ndhandroseca*
Apr 06, 2007

My 1st try, I typed the first # that came into my head, not the smallest. I had a lot of fun with that however.
auntiesisAus*
Apr 06, 2007

I came up with the right answer after a few moments thought. I think that all the other numbers that were suggested show just how good this puzzle is, because it really made people think. But they either had 2 of a vowel , or they used the A from And, and I don't think thats fair. But as usual, Fish did a great job. Keep up the good work.
masquerademe235*us*
Apr 06, 2007

very fun!! i love it!
muffinbrittneyAgb**
Apr 06, 2007

What about 1030??? without the and in it??? AND isn't a number.
POPSca*
Apr 06, 2007

real cool, loved it
OhEmGeeA*
Apr 06, 2007

good one! really cool!
i gave up to fast but it still rocked!

m e s s a g e m e
animaru2413Aus*
Apr 06, 2007

hey, gnosis if yariougie is a number how come google came up with ZERO search results?
(user deleted)
Apr 06, 2007

twEnty sIx thOUsAndths
(26/1000)
jabdrAus*
Apr 06, 2007

Couln'tcome up with even a guess! But loved the teaser and the comments it provoked. Another winner, Fishmed
Badger*us*
Apr 06, 2007

Darn! I stopped counting at 6019 when I gave up! Good one Fish... Lots of fun!

PS: For what it's worth, you could tighten up the question a little bit very easily with "smallest whole number" and "don't use 'and' in your answer"...

Though I did enjoy some of the other creative answers. Thanks for submitting.
luckyduck
Apr 06, 2007

This was a fun one! It could also be cattagoried in math! Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
piano_playerAjp*
Apr 06, 2007

to rbasch just to let you know you dont say and unless there is a dicimal.
KatelinAus*
Apr 07, 2007

I think this teaser is perfect as it is! Great job!
sagarat*
Apr 07, 2007

Quite a fun puzzle, but I got:

twO hUndrEd And thIrtY

This is how you would wright out 230, say on a cheque
vlermaAus*
Apr 07, 2007

Great job Fish, as usual. Loved all the comments. Sorry, I too gave up too soon, but it appears not too many did.
jcann*us*
Apr 07, 2007

No, sorry, the correct way to write out $230 on a check is Two hundred thirty and no/100 dollars. I've been a teacher for many years, and that is the way we teach it in 3rd grade. The "and is for a decimal point or a mixed fraction (like 5 1/2 is pronounced "five and one-half").

This was a good teaser--made a lot of people think!
declan1991Aie*
Apr 07, 2007

Jcann, the correct way to write €230 in Ireland is "Two hundred and thirty euro only"; differences in culture make slightly different answers.
wordmama*
Apr 07, 2007

Jcann is 100% correct in the good old U.S.A. I also thank Musikman and barf for THEIR clarity. For those of you who keep insisting your answers with two of the same vowel are valid, shame on you! The only improvement in the directions I would suggest is including 'whole number' in them, to eliminate the great answer of .026. Otherwise, super teaser, Fishmed, WTG!
LeonRes-Evil2*us*
Apr 09, 2007

Great teaser, I was thinking fOUrtY And fIvE (close to the German phrasing of ones and tens, as in, "five and fourty") So, really, you could use other languages! of course, that won't likely count, but its worth a try!
j9mattfieldAus*
Apr 19, 2007

I worked this one for a while, then gave up. The previous comments regarding the use of "and" are correct. Since Strunk and White didn't address money, I looked in "The Blue Book of Grammar." It may be picky of me, but "and" is only used in the place of a decimal. I know we are not to suggest grammar corrections, but if they delete me, so be it. Thank you for the brain work anyway!
QrystalAca**
May 10, 2007

Hehehehehe, I loved this teaser, and the debate about numbers!! I knew that "and" wouldn't count, and so I jumped immediately to the thousands ... then looked for a word that would have E, I, and Y in it. Too bad I didn't read the hint (darn email doesn't remind me there's a hint! and I keep forgetting to hide half the screen when I click the link!) or else I would've known that my answer of EIghtY thOUsAnd was too high. Drat!
ric815Aph*
May 11, 2007

theyre looking for the smallest, so how about five thousand twenty instead of six?
ric815Aph*
May 11, 2007

haha, theres an E there, didnt thought of that..huhuh
KEVBEZ
May 29, 2007

surely the correct answer is five thousand?
fishmedAus*
Jun 14, 2007

Ah, but 5,000 does not have a Y...
4demo*
Sep 07, 2007

Very interesting but slightly difficult. Still fun and clever though!
exokid*
Jun 01, 2008

I got OnE thoUsAnd and twentY sIx
fishmedAus*
Jun 02, 2008

exokid, yours does not use each letter only one time...
(user deleted)
Aug 28, 2009

You can do it with the number;

OnE hUndred And fortY fIve

and thats much smaller
fishmedAus*
Aug 29, 2009

lozziejane, that only works if you include the word 'and' in the figuring. This was not the case for the correct answer.
bluemage
Aug 02, 2010

This is a very poorly and vaguely written teaser. Ultimately there is no right answer because the question does not exclude fractions or decimals, which can be arbitrarily small.
skippington
Aug 02, 2010

fIftY OnE ThoUsAnd

this is seriously a terrible teaser. so many people came up with answers shorter than the one provided.
gaylewolfAus*
Aug 02, 2010

Fishmed, great teaser!!
It certainly DID get a lot of people thinking!
grammalnda*
Aug 02, 2010

OnE thoUsAnd-fIve
sunnybonghits*
Aug 02, 2010

I was originally thinking one thousand twenty five, but I forgot the rule that you could only use each vowel one time. That automatically excludes anything before five thousand, and then because 'five' contains I and E, that will eliminate lots of other possibilities, so it seems the answer is clearly six thousand twenty. Nice one
jcann*us*
Aug 02, 2010

It's amazing that so many have commented on the "and" --including me a few years back, but let the two O's in One thOusand slip by without comment until recently. I agree that the anser given is, in fact, the correct one. However, I guess if I were asking someone else I would include "whole number" just to limit the possibilties.
(user deleted)
Aug 02, 2010

6020

sIx thOUsAnd twEntY

Is the correct answer. I said either -21 or 1025 -- both violate the rule of using the vowel only once. And, you don't say x "and" whatever else when stated proper.

6020 is it. GooD TeaseR !!!
skippington
Aug 02, 2010

my apologies. i completely misread the teaser. i thought they were looking for the "smallest number when written out". i was also reading the teaser on a news feed and didn't get the see the last sentence of the teaser. i'd delete the comment above if i could.
BullAus*
Aug 02, 2010

I came up with thOUsAnd nInEtY. as the lowest that is using each vowelonly once and written in proper form.
fishmedAus*
Aug 02, 2010

Bull, what you have is really One thOUsAnd nInEtY, which uses O twice, which breaks the rule.
spikethru4*au*
Aug 02, 2010

People of America, you need to realise that much of the rest of the English-speaking world uses AND in numbers over 100 so, for them, twO hUndrEd And thIrtY is a perfectly valid answer.

Aside: we say POINT to denote the decimal, e.g. 230.5 is 'two hundred and thirty point five'.
racoonieboytus*
Aug 03, 2010

Well, all the answers with "and" are wrong, (I mean for the teaser) and several answers... have the same letters twice... Anyways, Good teaser. (Does anyone look at the rules???)
SubtoxAus*
Aug 03, 2010

I still think .026 is the smallest number allowed: twEntY sIx thOUsAndths -- A,E,I,O,U, and Y, once each.

The question doesn't ask for an 'integer' or 'whole number', it just asks for a 'number', which .026 definitely is.

There are other valid ways to say it (point zero/zed/oh two six, etc.), but 'twenty six thousandths' is still one of them. It's the terminology used for fractions.

But feel free to chime in if you know of a smaller number or a compelling reason why .026 shouldn't be allowed.
HABS2933Aca*
Aug 02, 2013

Wow, with all the flaws in this teaser has had over the years, apparently corrected in stages over a span of many years,
as well as the fact that with regional differences in the way numbers are expressed, there are still several possible "correct" answers, I am surprised it was made TOTD even once, never mind this being its 4th appearance as such.
cutebugAus*
Aug 02, 2013

HABS said it all. Good job HABS.
asupmdr*
Aug 02, 2013

OnE thoUsAnd eIghtY is the correct answer.
asupmdr*
Aug 02, 2013

oops. OnE thoUsAnd thIrtY as detailed above.
asupmdr*
Aug 02, 2013

Oops again. OnE thoUsAnd twentYfIve
Vinay_Sipani
Aug 02, 2013

1005

thOUsAnd and fIvE
elentirAus*
Aug 02, 2013

As it is currently written with whole numbers and using the correct naming of numbers (I.e. no AND's and 1000 written as One Thousand) 6020 is the correct answer. Unfortunately, I only got 80,000 before I gave up.
eighsseAus*
Aug 02, 2013

6020. Took a minute or two but I nailed it
eighsseAus*
Aug 02, 2013

And to everyone giving alternate answers... Yes it is interesting to come up with alternate regional/improper answers...but the one true answer, here in the United States, is 6020.
fishmedAus*
Aug 03, 2013

Well, for those that liked it, I am glad you did. For those that thought the answer was in the one thousand range, it would not work in that there are two letter 'o' in it, thus making it the wrong answer. Again, I am happy that those who liked it, liked it.



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