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# A milepost on the towpath read 21 on the side facing the

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Re: A milepost on the towpath read 21 on the side facing the [#permalink]

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25 Mar 2017, 01:42
This is a "Resolve Paradox" type question.

Reading the stimulus one thing is clear, the total distance is 21 + 23 = 44 miles. The solution can almost be pre-phrased:
1. The stones facing her are going to increase in number - in this case they represent miles covered
2. The stones facing her are going to decrease in number - in this case they represent miles to go
3. There is an issue with the numbers on the milepost. the chances of this are almost nil since the addition of the values given in the stimulus is 20 + 24 = 44.

Hence let's look at the choices:
A - Even if they were reversed they should still show 22/22 and not 20/24 or 24/20. Hence out.
B - Does not matter what the quantity the logic will remain same for Kilometers, miles, yards .......Hence out
C - Spot on this is point 2 above. Keep.
D - Tough to justify, these are mileposts if one were missing then this one should have read 19 (facing)/25 or 23/21 (the sum has to be 44), depending if the posts represent distance to go or distance from start, respectively.
E - Bikers, hunters .....hikers I believe all use the same mile. A sailor should be able to figure out the logic even though he would be thinking in terms of nautical miles. Discard.

Hence pick C
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23 Aug 2017, 05:56
Solution: Hiker sees a milepost marked 21 on one side and 23 on the other. She expects the next milepost to read 22 on both sides. However, the actual sign says 20 and 24.

C is correct - This statement resolves the discrepancy between the true meaning of the mileposts and the hiker's expectation about them by showing how the hiker misinterpreted the mileposts.
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11 Sep 2017, 20:29
C would be the answer . Easiest way of getting till there would be elimination process . You will find out the other options are easily eliminated.

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