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A batch of cookies was divided amomg 3 tins: 2/3 of all the

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New post 17 Apr 2015, 16:33
I also had issues with the wording, it is not hard if you get the context right at first time, otherwise it is just time consuming to figure out what the author is asking.
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New post 22 Jun 2015, 03:19
what fraction of the cookies that were placed in the other tins BRUTAL!
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New post 11 Sep 2015, 00:10
I felt the same as it is an ambiguous question. May be if we read the words carefully , writer has mentioned if 1/4 of all the cookies were placed in the blue tin then he is expecting the rest as (G+R). So the final fraction will be G/G+R.Difficult to understand from words though initially.
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A batch of cookies was divided amomg 3 tins: 2/3 of all the cookies were placed in either the blue or the green tin, and the rest were placed in the red tin. If 1/4 of all the cookies were placed in the blue tin, what fraction of the cookies that were placed in the other tins were placed in the green tin

A. 15/2
B. 9/4
C. 5/9
D. 7/5
E. 9/7


my approach:
say there are 12 cookies.
8 were in B and Green, and 4 were in red.
we need to put only 1/4 in blue, or 3 cookies. that leaves us with 9 remaining cookies.
since we need a fraction X/9, we can easily eliminate A, B, D, and E.
moreover, since in green tin maximum can be 9 remaining cookies, we would get 9/9, or 1.
A - 15/2 = 7.5 way more than needed.
B - 9/4 - 2.25 - no.
C - looks ok
D - >1 so no
E - > 1 so no.
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New post 12 Oct 2016, 10:49
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shrouded1 wrote:
onedayill wrote:
How did u assumed that it has to be G/(G+R) instead of (B+R) ?
Can you please explain ?


The question says 1/4th were placed in the blue tin, what percentage of the ones placed in the other tins ....

So other tins ==> Green + Red


Yes, agree with Shrouded1. I mean the question is tricky but there's a slight difference between being tricky and being ambiguous.

In this case, I don't think it is ambiguous to the point that it would not be a valid GMAT question.

So yeah, one needs to read very carefully. And obviously if the answer choice 5/7 doesn't pop out, then there must be something else going on no?

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It is ambiguous.
The question says 1/4th were placed in the blue tin, what percentage of the ones placed in the other tins ....
So other tins ==> Green + Red
what fraction of the cookies that were placed in the other tins were placed in the green tin?
So other tins ==> Blue + Red
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