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If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 - 5y| is

(A) 1 (B) 2 (C) 3 (D) 4 (E) 5

isn't the best answer E.. where |23-(5*5)|=|23-25|=|-2|=2
but the source from where i got this question states it to be option B confused here!
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 09:22
Minotaur wrote:
If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 - 5y| is

(A) 1 (B) 2 (C) 3 (D) 4 (E) 5

isn't the best answer E.. where |23-(5*5)|=|23-25|=|-2|=2
but the source from where i got this question states it to be option B confused here!


Hey, I know this question :) It's from OG12, sample question #50.

OA is actually true. They ask us the value of |23 - 5y|, not the value of y.

The minimal value of |23 - 5y| is 2, when y=5, but answer is 2, not 5
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 09:24
I think they are looking for the least value for |23-5y| and not for the least value of 'y'.

Hence the answer is (B) = 2
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 17:27
Minotaur wrote:
If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 - 5y| is

(A) 1 (B) 2 (C) 3 (D) 4 (E) 5

isn't the best answer E.. where |23-(5*5)|=|23-25|=|-2|=2
but the source from where i got this question states it to be option B confused here!


confuse??? You got the answer.

question stem - least possible value of |23 - 5y| is?

|23-25|=|-2|=2

Answer B
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 20:21
this is a classic case of what you should NOT do in the GMAT... i also got the same, correct solution, BUT answered the wrong question. i answered the value of Y (5), not the value of |23-5y| (2). B is correct after re-reading the question. i would've gotten this wrong in the actual GMAT. so to everyone, be more careful than me. think about what the question is actually asking.
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 23:54
Thanks a lot!...again emphasizing of the fact that.. nothing as it seems in GMAT
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 22:04
Minotaur wrote:
If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 - 5y| is

(A) 1 (B) 2 (C) 3 (D) 4 (E) 5

isn't the best answer E.. where |23-(5*5)|=|23-25|=|-2|=2
but the source from where i got this question states it to be option B confused here!



This should be included in the list of tricky questions...
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Re: least possible value [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 23:21
it was really a tricky one
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