Average of sum of 10 consecutive positive numbers is 20.5. Which is the smallest number?

**(A)** 16

**(B)** 17

**(C)** 18

**(D)** 19

**(E)** None of the above

Let ten consecutive numbers be .

It is given to us that

Therefore, the smallest number is 16.

Hence, the answer is **(A)**.