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Some phrases both refer to a number, n, and are comprised of n alphabetic characters. I call any such phrase an autonumerigram.
- four has 4 letters
- seven plus seven has 14 letters
- fifteen times one has 15 letters
- one followed by six has 16 letters
- one before two has 12 letters
- four before twenty has 16 letters
The challenge is to discover the longest and most interesting autonumerigram!
This challenge is open-ended, of course, and I will award the coveted green check to the current longest submission (provided that it's not cheap). I will, however, upvote any interesting submission, regardless of length, so don't be discouraged if you can't discover a long one!
Syntactically, your phrase should be substitutable in "__ is n".
For example, all of my above examples fit this context:
four is 4
seven plus seven is 14
fifteen times one is 15
one followed by six is 16
one before two is 12
four before twenty is 16
Avoid extraneous and cheap additions.
The phrase eight and nine, maybe does have 17 letters, but the maybe is rather extraneous and cheap.
Avoid cheap recursion.
By appending and six to four repeatedly, we can create a phrase for any number of the form 6n+4. For example,
- four and six and six and six has 22 letters
Strive for human readability and comprehension.
If an autonumerigram is very long but hard for a human to parse, it loses points in my book. (Guidelines may be altered or added as the need arises.)