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A bag holds 3 gold rings, 7 silver rings, and 9 bronze

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A bag holds 3 gold rings, 7 silver rings, and 9 bronze rings. If John picks rings from the bag, does he pick more bronze rings than silver rings ?

1) John picks 15 rings
2) John picks 3 gold rings

A little controversy is expected.
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21 Aug 2003, 15:10
MartinMag wrote:
A bag holds 3 gold rings, 7 silver rings, and 9 bronze rings. If John picks rings from the bag, does he pick more bronze rings than silver rings ?

1) John picks 15 rings
2) John picks 3 gold rings

A little controversy is expected.

From 1, We cannot say for sure.
If he picks just silver and bronze rings, then we have some definite answer. but throw gold in there and we have no answer

From 2, we only know that 3 gold rings are picked..we do not know whether he picks more rings. So it is not clear if 3 is the total number of rings picked..so insufficient

Combine the two, we still cant say for sure.

I have to go with E.

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21 Aug 2003, 19:05
I'd have to agree and say E as well, though I can't help but wonder if I'm missing something.

Putting the two statements together, if he picks 15 rings total and 3 of them are gold, then there are 12 left to choose from. If he picked all 7 silver rings, he would only have 5 bronze rings. But he could also pick all bronze and only 3 silver, so the answer could vary.

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22 Aug 2003, 03:56

Let's suppose that on statement (2) he grabbed ONLY 3 gold rings, that would be considered sufficient to answer the question, right ?
22 Aug 2003, 03:56
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