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I'm posting the next set of medium/hard DS questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers. Good luck!

1. Bonnie can paint a stolen car in x hours, and Clyde can paint the same car in y hours. They start working simultaneously and independently at their respective constant rates at 9:45am. If both x and y are odd integers, is x=y?
(1) x^2+y^2<12
(2) Bonnie and Clyde complete the painting of the car at 10:30am

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-20.html#p1039633

2. Is xy<=1/2?
(1) x^2+y^2=1
(2) x^2-y^2=0

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-20.html#p1039634

3. If a, b and c are integers, is abc an even integer?
(1) b is halfway between a and c
(2) a = b - c

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039637

4. How many numbers of 5 consecutive positive integers is divisible by 4?
(1) The median of these numbers is odd
(2) The average (arithmetic mean) of these numbers is a prime number

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039645

5. What is the value of integer x?
(1) 2x^2+9<9x
(2) |x+10|=2x+8

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039650

6. If a and b are integers and ab=2, is a=2?
(1) b+3 is not a prime number
(2) a>b

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039651

7. A certain fruit stand sold total of 76 oranges to 19 customers. How many of them bought only one orange?
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges
(2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039655

8. If x=0.abcd, where a, b, c and d are digits from 0 to 9, inclusive, is x>7/9?
(1) a+b>14
(2) a-c>6

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039662

9. If x and y are negative numbers, is x<y?
(1) 3x + 4 < 2y + 3
(2) 2x - 3 < 3y - 4

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039665

10. The function f is defined for all positive integers a and b by the following rule: f(a,b)=(a+b)/GCF(a,b), where GCF(a,b) is the greatest common factor of a and b. If f(10,x)=11, what is the value of x?
(1) x is a square of an integer
(2) The sum of the distinct prime factors of x is a prime number.

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039671

11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?
(1) x*|y| is a prime number.
(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer.

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039678

12. If 6a=3b=7c, what is the value of a+b+c?
(1) ac=6b
(2) 5b=8a+4c

Solution: the-discreet-charm-of-the-ds-126962-40.html#p1039680
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 17:20
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If you answered this question in less than 30 sec using this approach then all I can say is great job!

As for the easier/faster solution, little hint: it involves simplest algebraic manipulation.


F***ing good !

(x-y)2 = 1-2xy >=0 => xy>=1/2.

Now this should take 15sec ! :)
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11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?
(1) x*|y| is a prime number.
(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer.

prime # are always positive

Stmt 1 - |y| will be always positive to x*|y| to be prime z has to be positve. Sufficient
Stmt 2 - Same concept x will be positive number Sufficient

Answer is D


Statement 2: x can be zero or +. ( x*|y| is a non negative integer. i.eit can be 0 as well.. NS)
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4. How many numbers of 5 consecutive positive integers is divisible by 4?

(1) The median of these numbers is odd --> the median of the set with odd number of terms is just a middle term, thus our set of 5 consecutive numbers is: {Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Odd}. Out of 2 consecutive even integers only one is a multiple of 4. Sufficient.

(2) The average (arithmetic mean) of these numbers is a prime number --> in any evenly spaced set the arithmetic mean (average) is equal to the median --> mean=median=prime. Since it's not possible that median=2=even, (in this case not all 5 numbers will be positive), then median=odd prime, and we have the same case as above. Sufficient.

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6. If a and b are integers and ab=2, is a=2?

Notice that we are not told that a and b are positive.

There are following integer pairs of (a, b) possible: (1, 2), (-1, -2), (2, 1) and (-2, -1). Basically we are asked whether we have the third case.

(1) b+3 is not a prime number --> rules out 1st and 4th options. Not sufficient.
(2) a>b --> again rules out 1st and 4th options. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Still two options are left: (-1, -2) and (2, 1). Not sufficient.

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8. If x=0.abcd, where a, b, c and d are digits from 0 to 9, inclusive, is x>7/9?

First of all 7/9 is a recurring decimal =0.77(7). For more on converting Converting Decimals to Fractions see: math-number-theory-88376.html

(1) a+b>14 --> the least value of a is 6 (6+9=15>14), so in this case x=0.69d<0.77(7) but a=7 and b=9 is also possible, and in this case x=0.79d>0.77(7). Not sufficient.

(2) a-c>6 --> the least value of a is 7 (7-0=7>6), but we don't know the value of b. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) The least value of a is 7 and in this case from (1) least value of b is 8 (7+8=15>14), hence the least value of x=0.78d>0.77(7). Sufficient.

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9. If x and y are negative numbers, is x<y?

(1) 3x + 4 < 2y + 3 --> 3x<2y-1. x can be some very small number for instance -100 and y some large enough number for instance -3 and the answer would be YES, x<y BUT if x=-2 and y=-2.1 then the answer would be NO, x>y. Not sufficient.

(2) 2x - 3 < 3y - 4 --> x<1.5y-\frac{1}{2} --> x<y+(0.5y-\frac{1}{2})=y+negative --> x<y (as y+negative is "more negative" than y). Sufficient.

Answer: B.



Hi bunuel,
Did not got how u solved option 2.Could you please explain in detail.
thanks.


(2) 2x - 3 < 3y - 4 --> x<1.5y-\frac{1}{2} --> x<y+(0.5y-\frac{1}{2}). Now, since y is a negative number then 0.5y-\frac{1}{2}=negative so, we have that: x<y+negative. y+negative is less then y and if x is less than y+negative then it must also be less than y itself: x<y.

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10. The function f is defined for all positive integers a and b by the following rule: f(a,b)=(a+b)/GCF(a,b), where GCF(a,b) is the greatest common factor of a and b. If f(10,x)=11, what is the value of x?

Notice that the greatest common factor of 10 and x, GCF(10,x), naturally must be a factor of 10: 1, 2, 5, and 10. Thus from f(10,x)=11 we can get four different values of x:

GCF(10,x)=1 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{1} --> x=1;
GCF(10,x)=2 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{2} --> x=12;
GCF(10,x)=5 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{5} --> x=45;
GCF(10,x)=10 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{10} --> x=100.

(1) x is a square of an integer --> x can be 1 or 100. Not sufficient.

(2) The sum of the distinct prime factors of x is a prime number ---> distinct primes of 12 are 2 and 3: 2+3=5=prime, distinct primes of 45 are 3 and 5: 3+5=8\neq{prime} and distinct primes of 100 are also 2 and 3: 2+3=5=prime. x can be 12 or 100. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) x can only be 100. Sufficient.

Answer: C.




hey..., can sm1 pls explain how primes of 100 can be 2 and 3?...(2nd last line),,..
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10. The function f is defined for all positive integers a and b by the following rule: f(a,b)=(a+b)/GCF(a,b), where GCF(a,b) is the greatest common factor of a and b. If f(10,x)=11, what is the value of x?

Notice that the greatest common factor of 10 and x, GCF(10,x), naturally must be a factor of 10: 1, 2, 5, and 10. Thus from f(10,x)=11 we can get four different values of x:

GCF(10,x)=1 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{1} --> x=1;
GCF(10,x)=2 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{2} --> x=12;
GCF(10,x)=5 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{5} --> x=45;
GCF(10,x)=10 --> f(10,x)=11=\frac{10+x}{10} --> x=100.

(1) x is a square of an integer --> x can be 1 or 100. Not sufficient.

(2) The sum of the distinct prime factors of x is a prime number ---> distinct primes of 12 are 2 and 3: 2+3=5=prime, distinct primes of 45 are 3 and 5: 3+5=8\neq{prime} and distinct primes of 100 are also 2 and 3: 2+3=5=prime. x can be 12 or 100. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) x can only be 100. Sufficient.

Answer: C.


hey..., can sm1 pls explain how primes of 100 can be 2 and 3?...(2nd last line),,..
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It should be: "... distinct primes of 100 are 2 and 5: 2+5=7=prime. x can be 12 or 100".
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12. If 6a=3b=7c, what is the value of a+b+c?

Given: 6a=3b=7c --> least common multiple of 6, 3, and 7 is 42 hence we ca write: 6a=3b=7c=42x, for some number x --> a=7x, b=14x and c=6x.

(1) ac=6b --> 7x*6x=6*14x --> x^2=2x --> x=0 or x=2. Not sufficient.

(2) 5b=8a+4c --> 5*14x=8*7x+4*14x --> 70x=80x --> 10x=0 --> x=0 --> a=b=c=0 --> a+b+c=0. Sufficient.

Answer: B.


I followed a different approach but I am getting that (1) also answers the question.

From 3b=7c => 6b=14c.

So ac=6b - equation 1)
14c=6b - equation 2)

Dividing 1) by 2) =>a/14= 1

So a=14!!!. Where am I committing a mistake in this logic? Bunuel, Please help!!


You cannot divide ac by 14c because c could be zero and division by zero is not allowed. The same applies to division of 6b by 6b.

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2. Is xy<=1/2?

(1) x^2+y^2=1. Recall that (x-y)^2\geq{0} (square of any number is more than or equal to zero) --> x^2-2xy+y^2\geq{0} --> since x^2+y^2=1 then: 1-2xy\geq{0} --> xy\leq{\frac{1}{2}}. Sufficient.

(2) x^2-y^2=0 --> |x|=|y|. Clearly insufficient.

Answer: A.

Hi Bunuel,
I considered (x+y)^2 >= 0 and arrived at xy >= \frac{-1}{2}.
And hence concluded that the statement is insufficient.
Please correct me.


Yes, you need to consider (x-y)^2\geq{0} to get sufficiency.
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 05:55
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 10:55
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 18:01
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3-A
4-E
5-D
6-E
7-C
8-A
9-C
10-A
11-D
12-D
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 02:36
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vailad wrote:
1.B
2.A
3.B
4.D
5.A
6.E


5 correct answers out of 6.

sourabhsoni wrote:
1. B
2. A
3. B
4. D
5. D
6. E
7. D
8. C
9. B
10. C
11. D
12. E


10 correct answers out of 12.

khaadu wrote:
1-b
2-a
3-b
4-a
5-b
6-e
7-d
8-b
9-e
10-a
11-d
12-a


7 correct answers out of 12.

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Ans:
1-B
2-A
3-A
4-E
5-D
6-E
7-C
8-A
9-C
10-A
11-D
12-D


4 correct answers out of 12.

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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 06:51
1. Bonnie can paint a stolen car in x hours, and Clyde can paint the same car in y hours. They start working simultaneously and independently at their respective constant rates at 9:45am. If both x and y are odd integers, is x=y?
(1) x^2+y^2<12
(2) Bonnie and Clyde complete the painting of the car at 10:30am


The catch is that they are working independently.

stmt 1 - no relation there are can be multiple values of x and y
stmt 2 - both started at same time, finished at same time with no breaks means they have same working rate proves x = y
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 06:56
2. Is xy<=1/2?
(1) x^2+y^2=1
(2) x^2-y^2=0

My funda - Area of square is largest among all the quadilateral with same perimeter.
Stmt 1 - Only possible values of x and y are 1/Sqrt(2). So sufficient as xy = 1/2
Stmt 2 - Only says x and y are equal. Not sufficient
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 06:57
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1. Bonnie can paint a stolen car in x hours, and Clyde can paint the same car in y hours. They start working simultaneously and independently at their respective constant rates at 9:45am. If both x and y are odd integers, is x=y?
(1) x^2+y^2<12
(2) Bonnie and Clyde complete the painting of the car at 10:30am


The catch is that they are working independently.

stmt 1 - no relation there are can be multiple values of x and y
stmt 2 - both started at same time, finished at same time with no breaks means they have same working rate proves x = y
sufficient

Answer B


The logic for (2) is not correct, (though I'm not saying that (2) is insufficient). Even if two entities have different rates if they work together they both stop when the job is done.
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 07:00
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2. Is xy<=1/2?
(1) x^2+y^2=1
(2) x^2-y^2=0

My funda - Area of square is largest among all the quadilateral with same perimeter.
Stmt 1 - Only possible values of x and y are 1/Sqrt(2). So sufficient as xy = 1/2
Stmt 2 - Only says x and y are equal. Not sufficient
Answer A


You are close to correct reasoning for (1), though from it you can not say that xy=1/2 and the only possible value for x and y are 1/Sqrt(2). Consider the following example: 0^1+1^2=1.

As for (2): x^2-y^2=0 doesn't mean that x=y.
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Re: The Discreet Charm of the DS [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 07:04
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3. If a, b and c are integers, is abc an even integer?
(1) b is halfway between a and c
(2) a = b - c

Funda for product abc to be even, if any one of them even then product will be even.

Stmt 1 - says b = (a+c)/2
means a+c is some even number.
E + E also results in even
O + O also results in Even and b can be anything even or odd
so not sufficient.

Stmt 2 - says a = b - c
say worst condition b an c are odd . will results in a even. or lets says any one among b or c is even then a off but since one number is even the product will be even so sufficient.

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