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\$1,000,000 Word

In the September 1987 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, Donnie Bain challenged readers to produce a single word whose product of its letter values would be exactly equal to \$1,000,000. For example, assume that A = \$1, B = \$2, C = \$3,..., Z = \$26. Then, the word MATH, where M = \$13, A = \$1, T = \$20, and H = \$8, is worth 13 x 1 x 20 x 8 = \$2080.

Can you find a single word whose value is \$1,000,000?

Final Note: Be sure to tell your students that MATHEMATICS is worth more than a billion dollars!

Hint: Some close words are BANQUET, worth \$999,600, and ROOMS, worth \$1,000,350. But I know you can do better!

Solution Commentary: In the March 1988 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, Henri Picciotto reported a successful solution: BEDDY-BYE.

But, this solution involving a hyphenated word is somewhat unsatisfying. Can anyone do better? In fact, can anyone find a math word worth \$1,000,000?

Greta Kocol suggests: Solving this problem could... BE _A_HEYDAY !!! or