Brain Game: 10 Q, You're Welcome

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If yesterday's Brain Game was quick and dirty, today's offering is neither of those. Regulars to our weekday mental workout know I like playing with numbers and letters, and this puzzle came about during one of those "let's-see-what-happens-if-I-do-this" sessions.

I didn't notice any particular pattern to the answers, which I found interesting. (I know, thanks anyway, but I do have a life. Really.) You should be able to answer questions #1 and #2 fairly quickly. From there, it gets a bit hairy. Good luck!

NOTE: Since this puzzle was originally posted, kind readers submitted two additional correct answers that were inadvertently left off the original list. Thanks for that!

PLEASE PARDON THE SHOUTING, BUT HERE ARE THREE IMPORTANT RULES:

  1. Today's Brain Game deals ONLY with the numbers ONE through NINETY-NINE.
  2. Hyphens and spaces do NOT count as letters.
  3. We're looking for the total number of letters, not the number of different letters.

1. What number has a value EQUAL to the total number of letters used to spell it?

2. What two numbers have a value of exactly TWICE the total number of letters used to spell them?

3. What number has a value of exactly THREE TIMES the total number of letters used to spell it?

4. What number has a value of exactly FOUR TIMES the total number of letters used to spell it?

5. What two numbers have a value of exactly FIVE TIMES the total number of letters used to spell them?

6. What number has a value of exactly SIX TIMES the total number of letters used to spell it?

7. What number has a value of exactly SEVEN TIMES the total number of letters used to spell it?

8. What two numbers have a value of exactly EIGHT TIMES the total number of letters used to spell them?

9. What number has a value of exactly NINE TIMES the total number of letters used to spell it?

10. What two numbers have a value of exactly TEN TIMES the total number of letters used to spell them?

Here are the ANSWERS.

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