A billion is 1,000,000,000.
There are a billion seconds in 32 years.
There are a billion people in India.
There are a billion letters of the alphabet in the average small bookshop.
There are a billion musical notes in 20 copies of the complete works of Mozart.
How good are you at estimating large numbers? Try these:
A: The number of minutes Mozart lived.
B: The number of different possible lottery tickets.
C: The population of France.
D: Spots drawn by Disney's animators for 101 Dalmations.
E: Cars made in Japan in 1991.
F: Bottles of champagne drunk in the UK last year.
Three Chambers Dictionary prizes for the readers who place these items in the order of magnitude (smallest first) closest to that of our expert panel. Entries, by 27 February to: Pastimes, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.
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