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Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 11:16
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This looks dicey to me.

OA after soem discussions.
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Re: Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 11:24
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my take wud be E :for if fewer people r likely to eat pretzel at art museum than they are at city mall then definitely the argument of vendor will hold true
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rajathpanta wrote:
This looks dicey to me.

OA after soem discussions.


Hi rajathpanta,

The argument is concerned about the vendor and bases his conclusion on the premise that he currently sells 15 pretzels and will not be able to sell 25 outside the museum to cover the license cost. So, the correct answer choice is likely to be the one that compares the current situation (sale outside the city hall) with the new situation (sale outside the museum).

(E) states that fewer people are likely to buy pretzel outside a museum than outside a city hall. This will support the conclusion of the vendor that he will not able to recover the license if he is selling fewer than 25 ( <15 according to E).


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Re: Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2013, 13:17
Agree with E.

The vendor argues that the license fee would be prohibitively expensive due to his prediction that lower than 25 pretzels/hr will be sold in front of the art museum, which is the number required to break even. The introduction of the city hall sales figures functions as a way to cement the point regarding expected sales in front of the art museum, by providing alternate evidence that boosts the likelihood of the vendor's prediction (although as the paragraph is written, this is the potentially flawed part of the argument, the fact that there's a connection between sales at each location). E fills in the gap and states that art museum pretzel-hungry passerby < city hall pretzel-hungry passerby, therefore we can add it to the argument and infer that art museum sales < city hall sales (15/hr), which translate to the art museum sales being < 25 pretzels/hr needed to break even.

The only second thought I had when reading this was the fact that E only refers to # of people buying pretzels, and doesn't correlate that to # of pretzels sold. What if people passing by the art museum on average purchase more pretzels than city hall? That would mean there could be less people approaching the pretzel cart, but they may be buying a higher quantity. That might be overthinking the problem, though.. :)
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Re: Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 04:41
My answer is E. This option indicates that the pretzel vendor will not be able to reach the target for breakeven also.
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Re: Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 15:27
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@rajathpanta: thanks for sharing a nice question.

My vote is E.

First of all, this is the assumption question, which is one of the most difficult questions in CR. if you realize the question type, it will help you shorten the processing time. In this kind of question, conclusion is the most important.

Premise: must sell an average 25 pretzels /hour to break even
Premise: I only sells an average 15 pretzels /hour at my stand outside the city hall.
Conclusion: I couldn't break even running a pretzel stand outside the art museum.

Assumption: the vendor means his stand outside city hall always has more customer than stands outside the art museum. if he cannot sell a average 25 pretzels/hour at his stand, he couldn't do so at the stand outside the art museum.

If you're not sure, try the NEGATION technique. Not fewer people passing the art museum than passing the city hall likely to buy pretzels. It means the vendor can sell more pretzels if his stand is outside the art museum. The vendor's conclusion fails.

That's why E.

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Re: Pretzel Vendor:tough cookie! [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2013, 00:58
Vercules wrote:
rajathpanta wrote:
This looks dicey to me.

OA after soem discussions.


Hi rajathpanta,

The argument is concerned about the vendor and bases his conclusion on the premise that he currently sells 15 pretzels and will not be able to sell 25 outside the museum to cover the license cost. So, the correct answer choice is likely to be the one that compares the current situation (sale outside the city hall) with the new situation (sale outside the museum).

(E) states that fewer people are likely to buy pretzel outside a museum than outside a city hall. This will support the conclusion of the vendor that he will not able to recover the license if he is selling fewer than 25 ( <15 according to E).


If you have any specific question then let me know.

Hope this helps,

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Hai Vercules,

I have a doubt.. Pl clarify.

Option E says ''fewer people are likely to buy pretzel outside a museum than outside a city hall''.

Now my question is, What if the number of stands outside the city hall is more than that outside the art museum..

As per the option E, let me consider 150 people buy outside city hall and 100 people buy outside art museum.. But if there are only two stands outside the museum and 10 stalls near city hall, is it not possible that the number of customers near art museum averages to 25??

Kindly guide me where my thought process or understanding is skewed..
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