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QUESTION: Okay.  Sorry about the confusion.

A1      AA1 AB1   AC1 AD1   AE1 AF1   AG1 AH1   ...ZZ1
Name      3.7      -4   1       3
Name2      2.2   2.2      3

What I am trying to do is get the last 20 numbers excluding the blanks.  AA1 would be the last number entered.
I then need to put the last 20 in order with the lowest number of the last 20 in cell B1, 2nd lowest C1, etc.  

For example:
A1      B1   C1   D1   E1   F1
Name      -4   1   3   3.7

Thanks,
Harold Buchanan

ANSWER: In range AA2:ZZ2, enter your numbers.

Example: 3.7 in cell AA2, blank in AB2, -4 in AC2, blank in AD2, 1 in AE2, blank in AF2, 3 in AG2.

In AA3, enter formula

=MIN(COUNTA($AA2:AA2),20)

then copy this formula to AA3:ZZ3.

In cell B3, enter formula

=MATCH(MAX(AA3:ZZ3),AA3:ZZ3,0)

In cell B2, enter formula

=IFERROR(SMALL(OFFSET($AA2:$ZZ2,0,0,1,$B3),COLUMN(B2)-1),"")

Cell B2 will display -4, which is the smallest number among the left-most non-blank 20 cells of AA2:ZZ2.
Copy the formula from B2 into C2, and it will display the SECOND smallest number in those cells.
Copy the formula to D2 to display the THIRD smallest number, etc etc.

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QUESTION: Stuart, the formula works well, but it doesn't work for my situation.
I have a row of scores in A for player 1
I have a row of scores in B for player 2,etc.
Can these formulas all be done in one row so that I can get the latest 20 scores for a 100 players sorted lowest score for each player to the highest?
Sorry to be so dense, but I am in over my head!
Thanks.
Harold Buchanan

Answer
In Sheet1, range AA1:ZZ1, enter your numbers.

Example: 3.7 in cell AA1, blank in AB1, -4 in AC1, blank in AD1, 1 in AE1, blank in AF1, 3 in AG1.

In Sheet2, cell AA1, enter formula

=MIN(COUNTA(Sheet1!$AA1:AA1),20)

then copy this formula to Sheet2, AA1:ZZ1.

In Sheet2, cell z1, enter formula

=MATCH(MAX(AA1:ZZ1),AA1:ZZ1,0)

In Sheet1, cell B1, enter formula

=IFERROR(SMALL(OFFSET($AA1:$ZZ1,0,0,1,Sheet2!$Z1),COLUMN(B1)-1),"")

Cell B1 will display -4, which is the smallest number among the left-most non-blank 20 cells of AA1:ZZ1.
Copy the formula from B1 into C1, and it will display the SECOND smallest number in those cells.
Copy the formula to D1 to display the THIRD smallest number, etc etc.

For multiple players, copy row 1 on Sheet1 down as many rows as needed; do likewise on Sheet2.
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