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Question
how do you create a set of numbers that repeat over and over again but they are not in numerical order and some cells are meant to be blank?

for ex. if below was a column
2
3
11
(blank space)
6
22
1
97
(blank space)
(blank space)

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Answer
Open a blank sheet on Excel, and enter the example you give above (i.e., enter 2 in cell A1, 3 in cell A2, 11 in cell A3, leave cell A4 blank, etc etc.

in cell A11, enter the formula:

=IF(A1="","",A1)

and then copy it down as far as you need. The series of numbers and blanks that you've entered in A1:A10 will be repeated over and over for as far down as you've copied the formula.
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