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N000ughty Thoughts

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is it now well-known that factorial one hundred (written 100!) has 24 noughts when written in full and that 1000! has 249 noughts?

Convince yourself that the above is true. Perhaps your methodology will help you find the number of noughts in
10 000! and 100 000! or even 1 000 000!