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Using 1-26 and the alphabet I would like to write lists of words and be able to total the sum of their letters.

a = 1
b = 2
c = 3

For instance, the word cat = 3+1+20 = 24

would appreciate any assistance.

best regards,

Enter your list of words starting in cell A2 and continuing down col A. In cell B2, enter


as an array (i.e., type formula into cell, and then instead of hitting the enter key, hit ctrl-shift-enter).

Then copy the B2 formula down col B as far as needed.

The formula assumes that the maximum # of characters in the words is 5. If it were 6, you'd change the formula so that {1,2,3,4,5} changes to {1,2,3,4,5,6}, etc.
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