Teaser 1908: Dunroamin

From The Sunday Times, 11th April 1999 [link]

At our DIY store you can buy plastic letters of the alphabet in order to spell out your house name. Although all the A’s cost the same as each other, and all the B’s cost the same as each other, etc., different letters sometimes cost different amounts with a surprisingly wide range of prices.

I wanted to spell out my house number:

FOUR

and the letters cost me a total of £4. Surprised by this coincidence I worked out the cost of spelling out each of the numbers from ONE to TWELVE. In ten out of the twelve cases the cost in pounds equalled the number being spelt out.

For which house numbers was the cost different from the number?

This puzzle was included in the book Brainteasers (2002, edited by Victor Bryant). The puzzle text above is taken from the book.

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