No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that

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07 Dec 2004, 16:22
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No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.

(A) No less an authority than
(B) Nonetheless an authority
(C) Nevertheless authoritarian
(D) Not less an authority than
(E) An authority not less than
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07 Dec 2004, 18:07
"An authority not less than" sounds awkward to me and I think "No less ...than " is idiomatic.
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07 Dec 2004, 19:19
D....

Here is how I understood :

No less an authority than Walter Cronkite has reported that half of all Americans never read a book.

(A) No less an authority than -- unidiomatic usage of no less...

(B) Nonetheless an authority -- unidiomatic usage of Nonetheless ...than..
meaning not clear of this sentence..we want to say that Walter Cronkite,a reputed reporter (considered to an authority in his field ) has reported......

(C) Nevertheless authoritarian-- Changes the meaning.Makes Walter Cronkite authoritarian -- which is not the intended meaning of the sentence.
(D) Not less an authority than -- idiomatic and conveys the meaning

(E) An authority not less than -- changes the meaning..This sentence is trying to say that An authority who is less than Walter Cronkite...comparing authority with a person...does not makes sense.

Hope it helps...again was my best guess.
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08 Dec 2004, 06:20
A it is here is how I looked at it

No less an authority acts as an noun phrase ( correct me if I am wrong) acts as a subject in this sentence. In essance you are comparing one persson with another

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An authority not less than here you are basically comparing authority with a person. Had E said An authority not less Walter Cronkite's then sentence would have come close.
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