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# Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the

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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the [#permalink]  09 Jul 2006, 06:03
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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detectiveâ€™s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the authorâ€™s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.

(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detectiveâ€™s dull companion in that story.

(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.

(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detectiveâ€™s dull companion.

(E) The detectiveâ€™s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mysteryâ€™s correct solution
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I think it's E.
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Between A or C. C is a safer bet, so I'll go with C.

A. This could be it, but I chose C over this one becuase this answer choice uses "most"

B. We're never told how readers solve the mystery.

D. Again we don't know the actions of most readers.

E. Again we don't know what diverts most readers away from the correct solution.
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I go with C. Thats the simplest and most relevent inference.
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I go with B.

Conclusion is that author's strategy to include dull companion gives a chance to solve mystery.

B tells that reader solves the mystery by spotting the mistakes of dull companion.

E is contrary to the passage, which states that dull companion find the correct(same) clues, stating that dull companion find incorrect clues.

others don't talk about dull companion.

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(E) for me.
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Only A and C make sense.
Will go with C

A is obviously true given the passage but doesnot include any other information from the passage.

C. The passage clearly mentions that the author includes a dull companion with a detective and given the same clues the detective is able to solve the mystery while the dull companion diverts the reader from the solution of the mystery. Hence there are enough clues for the reader to infer the solution.
Covers the entire passage.
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I'll go with C.

Had a doubt btwn A and C, but C plays safe mentioning "some".
Waiitng for the OA
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I too go with C.

What is the OA? pl give the xplanation too.
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B.
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OA time. It's "C"
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Can anyone explain in detail, Y it is not A?
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