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Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes. (2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes.

Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, so either one received at least 15 votes, which means that F definitely did not receiv the most votes. Sufficient.

(2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes --> if F=15 and G=11 then F received the most of the votes but if F=13 and G=13 then F did not receiv the most votes. Not sufficient.

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19 Sep 2012, 09:45

Bunuel wrote:

Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, so either one received at least 15 votes, which means that F definitely did not receiv the most votes. Sufficient.

(2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes --> if F=15 and G=11 then F received the most of the votes but if F=13 and G=13 then F did not receiv the most votes. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hi Bunuel, Statement 1: Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, Cant one of them get 10 and the other 19 ??? or 9 and 20!! That means we cannot say if F received most or least no of votes./???

Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, so either one received at least 15 votes, which means that F definitely did not receiv the most votes. Sufficient.

(2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes --> if F=15 and G=11 then F received the most of the votes but if F=13 and G=13 then F did not receiv the most votes. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hi Bunuel, Statement 1: Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, Cant one of them get 10 and the other 19 ??? or 9 and 20!! That means we cannot say if F received most or least no of votes./???

The question asks whether F received the most votes from the 40 votes. From (1) F received 11 votes. Now, you cannot split 29 votes received by G and H together, so that F to have the most votes. Therefore the answer to the question whether F received the most votes is NO.

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Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes. (2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes.

I got the answer incorrect but think the OA is wrong.

This is testing averages and distribution. So, we have 40 votes to distribute to 3 candidates. The extreme way to get most votes is to have the other two candidates get just one vote each. 1,1,38 The most conservative way to get most votes is to distribute the votes equally and offset one vote to one candidate to make it the winner. 40/3=13 with a remainder of 1. 13,13,14 Therefore the candidate with the most votes v is like this 14 < v < 39

(1) if Candidate F has 11 then he surely did not get the v we are looking for. 11 could never be a value for the most vote. SUFFICIENT (2) if Candidate H received 14. If distribution is 14,13,13 then H got the most vote and not F. If distribution is 14,1,25 then Either F or the other got the most vote. INSUFFICIENT

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21 Sep 2012, 11:20

Bunuel wrote:

swathimn wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, so either one received at least 15 votes, which means that F definitely did not receiv the most votes. Sufficient.

(2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes --> if F=15 and G=11 then F received the most of the votes but if F=13 and G=13 then F did not receiv the most votes. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hi Bunuel, Statement 1: Candidate F received 11 of the votes --> together G and H received 40-11=29 votes, Cant one of them get 10 and the other 19 ??? or 9 and 20!! That means we cannot say if F received most or least no of votes./???

The question asks whether F received the most votes from the 40 votes. From (1) F received 11 votes. Now, you cannot split 29 votes received by G and H together, so that F to have the most votes. Therefore the answer to the question whether F received the most votes is NO.

Hope it's clear.

Thanks Bunuel!! You have been very helpful, All the posts from you are extremely useful!! I just wished there was someone who could show as much interest in verbal as well!! I don really see expert replies in verbal as a result of which you still have lots of doubts especially in reasoning abilities!! Thanks a lot, quant team is doing a great job

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boomtangboy wrote:

Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes. (2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes.

I got the answer incorrect but think the OA is wrong.

stmt1: f got 11 votes, given 40 votes are cast, remaining 40-11 =29 even if divided equally among others 14, 15 or if one gets 0 even then f is not the max votes geter so A. is suff stmt2: it saygs H got 14 remaining is 26, now f has cnances which we can't predict. so D is rules out..

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Each person on a committee with 40 members voted for exactly one of 3 candidates, F, G, or H. Did Candidate F receive the most votes from the 40 votes cast?

(1) Candidate F received 11 of the votes. (2) Candidate H received 14 of the votes.

From state(1) the answer is no because for most votes, F should get minimum 14 votes. From state(2), we cannot answer because F and G can share the remaining 26 votes in any ratio. therefore the answer is (A)

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