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# There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the

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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

23. If the statements in the passage are true. Which one of the following must also be true?
(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.
(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.
(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.
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By POE, I will go with C.

A) There could be one single brand that dominates while the other 74 could have much lesser earnings.
B) The stimulus says that the money earned is substantial. There is no comparison being made between number of brands.
D) Close but not good since what is applicable to popcorn need not be applicable to anything else.
E) Wrong. The reasoning is similar to that of B.

It comes down to C and D, and I choose C.
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I would choose C too.

B, D, and E may be true or not true.
With A similar, although I had to choose between A and C.

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I would go with D

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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience

Since we know that more than half of microwave products sales come from microwave popcorn, we can conclude D.

In C, there is no mention about volume anywhere. Yes, the blue portion mentions the weight but it does not mean anything in terms of volume.
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Between C and D, I would go for D.

Microwave Popcorn => more than 50% sales of microwave products
Microwave popcorn = takes 3 mins for cooking.
Therefore, "more" money is spend on 3 or less cook time microwave products (which in turn includes microwave popcorn and other, if present).

I am not sure about C, since there is no proof that conventional is sold in lesser volume than microwave popcorn, there is just speculation that "many" people are "willing" to throw money for minutes.
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