how to select the top x number of records

if i have a field name called points in a table named blah, how do i write the query so that
it will select the top 40 records that have the most points, putting them in the correct order from highest to least?
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<cfquery name="blah" datasource="somewhere" maxrows=40>
Select *, points
from table

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This should work for what you are trying to do
Select top 40 points from points_table order by points DESC

Hope this helps.
in ORACLE i wld use

select points from (Select points from points_table order by points DESC) where rownum <= 40

And for microsoft access:

<cfquery name="QUERYNAME" datasource="#DATASOURCE#">
         SELECT points
         FROM points_table
         ORDER BY points DESC
         LIMIT 40

in Ms-Access or Ms-SQL you can write the query as

SELECT top 40 * FROM points_table order by points table;


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