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by Timothy Byrd

While we normally write numbers using Arabic (or since Quiz #22, Roman)
numerals, numbers can also be written out as English phrases.

For example:

7    == seven (the hard way)
42   == forty-two (a very important number)
2001 == two thousand and one (a space odyssey)
1999 == (party like it's) nineteen hundred and ninety-nine

So the quiz is a problem from a Pi Mu Epsilon (US national math club)

"When the integers 1 to 10_000_000_000 are written in the English language, then
sorted as strings, which odd number appears first in the list?"

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to:

- Create Ruby code to translate a number to it's English language form. (My
sample version works with integers up to 10**72-1.)

- Determine programmatically which odd number in 1..10_000_000_000 would sort
first if written in English. (Brute force is the obvious solution, but the
computer may have to think about it...)

- Would the answer change for a larger range of values, say 10**30?

- Do French and German Rubyists get a different answer than the Americans?

Extra credit: