Arianna makes a recurring pattern from the letters in her name.

What would be the 24th letter in this pattern?

What would be the 774th letter in this pattern?

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Repeating sequences can be easily created by dragging a selected range of cells in Excel. If everyone in the class created a repeating sequence from the letters in their first names, at what letter position would everyone in the class have the first letter of their names (after the first position of course!)

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