What is the shortest string of letters that yields no results in a Google search?
When answering, please use the NATO alphabet in order to prevent the string from becoming a search result.

E - 57            N - 34            P - 16            K - 6  
A - 43            S - 29            M, H - 15         V - 5  
R - 39            L - 28            G - 13            X, Z, J, Q - 1  
I - 38            C - 23            B - 11  
O - 37            U - 19            F, Y - 9  
T - 35            D - 17            W - 7

The best string that I could come up with is:
Echo, Bravo, Quebec, Echo, Tango, X-ray, Echo, Alpha (262 pt)

When you enter strings below eight letters, license plates, domain names and email addresses begin to appear. If a seven letter string is found, it will be difficult to match or beat.
NOTE: an eight letter string will always beat a nine letter string, but a 200 point 8 letter string will beat a 100 point 8 letter string.
NOTE: If Google automatically redirects, such as in the case of
Alpha, X-ray, Echo, Quebec, Echo, Echo, Echo, Echo (Credit: Glorfindel)
but there are no results for the actual string, it is accepted.


1. Alpha, X-ray, Echo, Quebec, Echo, Echo, Echo, Echo - 330 points - Glorfindel
2. Echo, Bravo, Quebec, Echo, Tango, X-ray, Echo, Alpha - 262 points
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    $\begingroup$ It's the objective a large or small score? The most frequently used letters score less, so a bunch of xzjq.. will have a lower score than anything containing an e. And a long word with lots of high scoring letters will score higher than a short word. $\endgroup$ – Stewie Griffin Apr 20 '20 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ The goal is to find the shortest string possible whilst using the most frequent letters. An eight letter string scoring 100 is superior to a nine letter string scoring 400. An eight letter string scoring 200, would be superior to an eight letter string scoring 100. Thank you for pointing out my vagueness! $\endgroup$ – Nilster Apr 20 '20 at 18:24
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    $\begingroup$ This is a game, not a puzzle: it fits exactly the type of question that was disallowed in this meta post. Additionally, answers will change over time. For these reasons, it is off-topic for this site. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 20 '20 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ (Also, it depends on a single outside resource, which is strongly discouraged: if the single outside resource changes or is lost, the question will no longer be answerable. See the comments in this meta post for details.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 20 '20 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ Darn, now I'm unable to post my 366-point answer (but see here). $\endgroup$ – trolley813 Apr 20 '20 at 20:00

The following query is worth 330 points:

Alpha X-ray Echo Quebec Echo Echo Echo Echo (proof)

  • $\begingroup$ @JMP please don't do that, it could turn this page into a search result, invalidating it. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Apr 20 '20 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ @JMP huh, that's weird. This is what I see: i.stack.imgur.com/SpzrB.png $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Apr 20 '20 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ Just spotted I used Bing! $\endgroup$ – JMP Apr 20 '20 at 18:55

Here is a query worth 360 points:

Zulu Romeo Tango Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo


Here is my answer with proof.

Zulu Romeo Echo Echo Alpha Echo Echo Echo -> 368 points

and 7 letters is impossible since this webpage has all possible outcomes listed on google.com

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