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Here's a sort of code you may have seen before.

 

A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T  1 
D, G  2 
B, C, M, P  3 
F, H, V, W, Y  4 
K  5 
J, X  8 
Q, Z   10  

 
If you exchanged each letter of your name for a number, what would the code be?

Mine is Lynne so my code is 1 4 1 1 1 . The numbers add up to 8 which is not much!!

What is your name worth using this code?

Try some other names - what names are worth the most and which are worth the least?

Are longer names always worth more?

Can you work out why certain letters are worth a lot and why others are only worth one?