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Good question, thanks!

Though I probably would have had the second option be 5, 2, 3...
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what's new in this question ?????
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This one got me. I selected 5,5,5 because I'm used to having padding spaces with the CHAR datatype. That's why I use Varchar instead when the contents of the column doesn't contain a consistent number of characters.

if you were to select them without the LEN function, you would get
abcde ab... ab...

(the period was used to make spaces visible).
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It's probably also worth pointing out that if you actually did want the physical length of the variables, you would use DATALENGTH() instead of LEN().
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Aargh!! Again my initial reaction was "that's easy it's 5,2,2 as LEN ignores spaces"... and then "hmmm, but that's too easy, there must be a trick in there"... and after a bit of reading went against my initial conclusion...

Doh!! Sad

Good lesson though... trust yourself!

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Thanx a lot
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crussell-931424 (6/15/2010)
Yep, it only does an RTRIM, not an LTRIM.
This variation to the question may have been a better teaser :-)
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