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A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils, [#permalink]
04 Jul 2009, 20:43

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A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils, and pads among the staff in the department, with each staff member receiving x pens, y pencils, and z pads. How many staff members were in the department?

(1) The numbers of pens, pencils, and pads that each staff member received were in the ratio 2:3:4, respectively. (2) The manager distributed a total of 18 pens, 27 pencils, and 36 pads.

I don't understand whether the answer is C or E. If it is C, then it is a straightforward question. If it is E, Could someone elaborate..
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Re: A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils, [#permalink]
19 Jun 2013, 19:26

Going by someone's earlier equation : Given every one receives same no. of pens/pencils/pads: n(x+y+z) Stmt 1: x:y:z=2a:3a:4a => equation above becomes =n*9a -cant find n, neither do we know a- insufficient Stmt 2: x+y+z=81, above equations is =n*(81) - insufficient Both : n*81=n*9a =>a=9 , so the equation becomes 9n, still cant find n . Ans E

Re: A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils, [#permalink]
20 Jun 2013, 00:38

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A department manager distributed a number of pens, pencils, and pads among the staff in the department, with each staff member receiving x pens, y pencils, and z pads. How many staff members were in the department?

(1) The numbers of pens, pencils, and pads that each staff member received were in the ratio 2:3:4, respectively. (2) The manager distributed a total of 18 pens, 27 pencils, and 36 pads.