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OA. C OE: Statement (1) means that X or Y can take on the values 5, 7, 8, 9 each of which can be made by adding two distinct single digit prime numbers. Now, plug in to evaluate the statement. If XY = 75, then the answer to the question is no. However, if XY = 59, then the answer to the question is yes. The correct answer must be B, C or E. Statement (2) is also insufficient. If XY = 88, the answer is no but if XY = 79, the answer is yes. Cross off B. If the statements are combined, then only two numbers, 79 and 97, satisfy both conditions and both are prime. The correct answer is C.

I choose B. It is given X and Y are different, so XY=88 in second case is not possible.

You are right, answer must be B:

(2) The sum of digits X and Y is 16. There are only three such two-digit numbers possible: 79, 97 and 88, but since we are told that X and Y are distinct then 88 is out and we are left with two prime numbers - 79 and 97.
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31 Aug 2012, 08:23

Bunuel wrote:

OE: Statement (1) means that X or Y can take on the values 5, 7, 8, 9 each of which can be made by adding two distinct single digit prime numbers. Now, plug in to evaluate the statement. If XY = 75, then the answer to the question is no. However, if XY = 59, then the answer to the question is yes. The correct answer must be B, C or E. Statement (2) is also insufficient. If XY = 88, the answer is no but if XY = 79, the answer is yes. Cross off B. If the statements are combined, then only two numbers, 79 and 97, satisfy both conditions and both are prime. The correct answer is C.

I choose B. It is given X and Y are different, so XY=88 in second case is not possible.[/spoiler]

Hi Bunuel/Ahmed, could you please explain again as I'm getting a definite "no" from (1) and a "yes" from (2), which is not possible of course: (1)The option XY = 75 can not exist, note it says that X & Y are both the sum of distinct prime numbers, so X and Y must each be one of the following options -> 4 (1+3), 6 (1+5), 8 (1+7 OR 5+3). So that gives only even XY options which can not be prime.

Thus (1) is a definite "NO", so its either A or D (2) X+Y=16, so as you mentioned its 88, 79, 97 - 88 goes out as its not distinct for X & Y, so YES as they're both prime.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. Would appreciate your clarification!
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OE: Statement (1) means that X or Y can take on the values 5, 7, 8, 9 each of which can be made by adding two distinct single digit prime numbers. Now, plug in to evaluate the statement. If XY = 75, then the answer to the question is no. However, if XY = 59, then the answer to the question is yes. The correct answer must be B, C or E. Statement (2) is also insufficient. If XY = 88, the answer is no but if XY = 79, the answer is yes. Cross off B. If the statements are combined, then only two numbers, 79 and 97, satisfy both conditions and both are prime. The correct answer is C.

I choose B. It is given X and Y are different, so XY=88 in second case is not possible.[/spoiler]

Hi Bunuel/Ahmed, could you please explain again as I'm getting a definite "no" from (1) and a "yes" from (2), which is not possible of course: (1)The option XY = 75 can not exist, note it says that X & Y are both the sum of distinct prime numbers, so X and Y must each be one of the following options -> 4 (1+3), 6 (1+5), 8 (1+7 OR 5+3). So that gives only even XY options which can not be prime.

Thus (1) is a definite "NO", so its either A or D (2) X+Y=16, so as you mentioned its 88, 79, 97 - 88 goes out as its not distinct for X & Y, so YES as they're both prime.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. Would appreciate your clarification!

1 is not a prime number. Single digit primes are: 2, 3, 5, and 7. So, x and y could be: 2+3=5, 2+5=7, 2+7=9, 3+5=8 --> xy could be: 57, 75, 58, 85, 59, 95, 78, 87, 79, 97, 89 and 98. Some numbers are prime (for example 79) and some are not (for example 75).

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03 Sep 2012, 02:45

Hi Bunuel,

I have a question here: I agree that the 2nd statement leads to 79, 97 and 88. While the 1st statement states that each of the digits in X and Y need to be single digit prime numbers, can we definitively conclude, using the 2nd statement, that 79 or 97 is a prime number? Since 9 is not a prime number, can both statements contradict or am I missing something here?

I have a question here: I agree that the 2nd statement leads to 79, 97 and 88. While the 1st statement states that each of the digits in X and Y need to be single digit prime numbers, can we definitively conclude, using the 2nd statement, that 79 or 97 is a prime number? Since 9 is not a prime number, can both statements contradict or am I missing something here?

(1) doesn't say that X and Y must be primes, it says that "each of the digits X and Y is the sum of 2 distinct single digit prime numbers". So, x and y could be: 2+3=5, 2+5=7, 2+7=9, or 3+5=8.
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