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Beginning in January of last year, Carl made deposits of $120 into his account on the 15th of each month for several consecutive months and then made withdrawals of$50 from the account on the 15th of each of the remaining months of last year. There were no other transactions in the account last year. If the closing balance of Carl's account for May of last year was $2,600, what was the range of the monthly closing balances of Carl's account last year? (1) Last year the closing balance of Carl's account for April was less than$2,625.

(2) Last year the closing balance of Carl's account for June was less than $2,675 [Reveal] Spoiler: OA Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Jul 2013, 02:55, edited 1 time in total. Renamed the topic and edited the question. Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 37572 Followers: 7393 Kudos [?]: 99351 [2] , given: 11022 Re: A very tough, above 750 level-real question [#permalink] ### Show Tags 26 Oct 2009, 08:13 2 This post received KUDOS Expert's post 1 This post was BOOKMARKED gmat620 wrote: Below is the question from OG, a real tough one. I am totally clueless on this one. Please help me out. Thanks in advance Beginning in January of last year, Carl made deposits of$120 into his account on the 15th of each month for several consecutive months and then made withdrawals of $50 from the account on the 15th of each of the remaining months of last year. There were no other transactions in the account last year. If the closing balance of Carl's account for May of last year was$2,600, what was the range of the monthly closing balances of Carl's account last year?

(1) Last year the closing balance of Carl's account for April was less than $2,625. (2) Last year the closing balance of Carl's account for June was less than$2,675

To find the range we should know:
A. Balance before he started depositing, initial balance = x (we know that there was initial balance because for may balance was 2600 and maximum amount he could deposited for this period is: 5 months*120=600).
B. Till what month he deposited $120. C. From which month he started withdrawing$50.

(1) April balance< 2625 --> he deposited in May
(Because if he didn't then April balance=2600+50=2650 and we know that in April balance was<2625).
So for may balance=2600=x(initial balance)+5months*120 --> x+600=2600 --> x=2000.
We know initial balance, but we still don't know: till what month he deposited $120 and from which month he started withdrawing$50
Not sufficient

(2) June balance < 2675 --> he didn't deposited in June --> he withdrawed in June (if he deposited, in June deposit would be May balance 2600+120=2720>2675)
Not sufficient

(1)+(2) we know:
Initial balance: x=2000
Till what month he deposited $120: till May From which month he started withdrawing$50: from June
Sufficient C.
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28 Oct 2009, 02:28
IMO, this is not a very tough 750 lvl question. Bunuel showed the elaborate way of solving the problem. Since it is a DS question, you actually do not need to calculate that much either.
From 1) We know that Carl deposited money in May (and thus in the previous months). However, we do not know how long he continued depositing. From 2) We know that he withdrew money in June, but it does not say from when he started withdrawing. Combining both, by subtracting 120 for each previous months from May and also subtracting 50 for the coming months we will get figures. From there we can find the range.
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28 Oct 2009, 21:26
I remember this Q from OG as well and think it is a tough one. Gave it up half way (after spending ~5 mins).
Looks simple with Bunuel's explanation, but still I'm not sure if I'd be able to handle such a wordy problem in test conditions
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29 Oct 2009, 01:44
statement 1:
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tells about the closing balance in April .Since May was higher than April,he must have deposited 120 in May.But no info about after May.Nt suff

statement 2:
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Since June is less than May,he must have withdrawn in June.No info about months prior to May.
Nt suff

combining both we get to know that he stopped the deposit in May and started the withdrawal in June.

I will go with option C
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01 Nov 2009, 01:26
Not very tough but a tricky one..need to draw correct inferences from the statments to arrive at the right option..Gud explanation by Bunnel!
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10 Dec 2009, 14:16
This indeed is tricky. These word translations problems kill me
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10 Dec 2009, 14:16
Thanks for the explanation though. It looks like a very efficient way to solve this problem.
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18 Dec 2009, 04:34
Easy one i'd say
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29 Dec 2010, 12:25
I am having difficulty understanding this problem. Can someone help provide clarity for me. Thanks

161. Beginning in January of last year, Carl made deposits
of $120 into his account on the 15th of each month for several consecutive months and then made withdrawals of$50 from the account on the 15th of
each of the remaining months of last year. There were
no other transactions in the account last year. If the
closing balance of Carl’s account for May of last year
was $2,600, what was the range of the monthly closing balances of Carl’s account last year? (1) Last year the closing balance of Carl’s account for April was less than$2,625.

(2) Last year the closing balance of Carl’s account

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