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This one pisses me off:

A greater number of newspapers are sold in Town S than in Town T. Therefore, the citizens of Town S are better informed about major world events than are the citizens of Town T.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

(A) Town S has a larger population than Town T.
(B) Most citizens of Town T work in Town S and buy their newspapers there.
(C) The average citizen of Town S spends less time reading newspapers than does the average citizen of Town T.
(D) A weekly newspaper restricted to the coverage of local events is published in Town S.
(E) The average newsstand price of newspapers sold in Town S in lower than the average price of newspapers sold in Town T.

OA D
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 19:18
I would have said an E.

A,B,C - surely weakens the conclusion. So they are out.
D is neutral.
E- does not weaken the conclusion.

Dunno why its a D!?
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Re: CR: Newspapers [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 19:53
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This one pisses me off:

A greater number of newspapers are sold in Town S than in Town T. Therefore, the citizens of Town S are better informed about major world events than are the citizens of Town T.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:

(A) Town S has a larger population than Town T.
(B) Most citizens of Town T work in Town S and buy their newspapers there.
(C) The average citizen of Town S spends less time reading newspapers than does the average citizen of Town T.
(D) A weekly newspaper restricted to the coverage of local events is published in Town S.
(E) The average newsstand price of newspapers sold in Town S in lower than the average price of newspapers sold in Town T.

OA D


"D" only talks about coverage of local events but the sentence talks about coverage of major world events. I do not know how D is the best choice.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 02:26
D weakens the conclusion partially whereas E is neutral...So E is the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 18:25
This is a question from OG 10th edition guide.

Needless to say, I got this one wrong and didn't really understand why it's D.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 09:35
D is correct as only this argument states that the people in town S may reading more newspaper but they are only getting the local news and not the news of major world events as concluded.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 18:02
i think that is a JOKE!! there is NO WAY! it can be D.. r u sure it isnt a typo?? the questiont alks about WORLD events.. D talks about LOCAL events.. E mentions price?? maybe the ppl in S spend more money, have more money.. or those in T purchase it in S even tho it is more... E clearly does not weaken at all... this p*sses me off too!! haha;)
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re [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 11:54
(D), I'm guessing the key here is 'Weekly', maybe this is referring to a weekly news paper also publish to cover local events. (D) minimizes the skepticism on the conclusion.
(E) is using the analogy of lower the price higher the sale, which does undermine the conclusion.

(d) makes sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 12:07
D makes perfect sense because it give a piece of information completely irrelevant to the arguement being made. Just because there is a newspaper published that is restricted to local events, does not mean that the citizens are any more or less informed about world events.

Picture if the answer read: A weekly newspaper restricted to the coverage of dog shows is published in Town S.

Than D would be even more clear. It's the same difference.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 18:11
From OG10, the answer is E, actually.

"..D suggests that much newspaper reading in S is not a source of info about the world events. (therefore, weaken the argument) The price diffrential noted in E might help to explain the difference in sales, but it does not undermine the conclusion based on that difference. Therefore, E is the best answer."
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 20:09
yeah, somehow, i remember doing this question over the last month. and the way i remember it, the OA was definitely E...

D definitely weakens the argument. If one of the newspapers covers local events, then the conclusion that ppl of town S are better informed about WORLD events is undermined. This means that a portion of the newspapers bought by town S people dont even say anything about world news!

Prices are irrelevant here. People in town S could pay more, or less for their newspapers. This doesnt waeken the argument that they know more about world events.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2007, 05:10
The offical question with the official answer from OG 10th edn.

67. A greater number of newspapers are sold in Town S than in Town T. Therefore, the citizens of Town S are better informed about major world events than are the citizens of Town T.
Each of the following, if true, weakens the conclusion above EXCEPT:
(A) Town S has a larger population than Town T.
(B) Most citizens of Town T work in Town S and buy their newspapers there.
(C) The average citizen of Town S spends less time reading newspapers than does the average citizen of
Town T.
(D) A weekly newspaper restricted to the coverage of local events is published in Town S.
(E) The average newsstand price of newspapers sold in Town S in lower than the average price of newspapers sold in Town T.



The conclusion is based on comparing newspaper sales in Town S and Town T. Four answer choices indicate why greater newspaper sales in S need not imply that citizens of S are better informed about world events.
Choice B suggests that many newspapers sold in S inform citizens of T, not S. Choices A and C both show how greater newspaper sales can occur without the average citizen having greater familiarity with the news. Finally, choice D suggests that much newspaper reading in S is not a source of information about world events. The price differential noted in E might help to explain the difference in sales, but it does not undermine the
conclusion based on that difference. Therefore, E is the best answer.
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