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18 Dec 2016, 01:42
gmat1220 wrote: How about this? Write the cases and apply the unit digit test? 5 sets of (a,b) values (2,6)  Unit digit 4 + 4 = 8 (3,5)  Unit digit 1 + 5 = 6 (4,4) OUT too high (5,3)  Unit digit 5 + 7 = 12 i.e. 2 (6,2)  Unit digit 2 + 8 = 10 i.e. 0> Voila! subhashghosh wrote: Answer is B.
I was thinking perhaps it can be like, say a multiple of 19 and a multiple of 17 that add up to 0 in unit's place, so by only checking the unit's place i got 38 (19*2) and 102 (17*6). Opinions ? I would use the same "Unit Digit" approach. Though, without taking A into consideration, how can you assume the total number of cakes are 8 though? Or are we essentially taking info from A and just to try if there is only 1 combination for condition B?



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Hello Friends, My 2 cents...
In such scenarios i cheat: i use S1 info in S2 and try to solve  if i am able to solve viola we have to answer otherwise NOT
For example, here  we know that a + b = 8 and we need to find b therefore a = 8 b in other equation: a = 17 cents b = 19 cents 17a+19b = 140 17*(8b) + 19b = 140 136  17b + 19b = 140 2b = 4 b = 2  we have our answer!!!
PLEASE NOTE: i ONLY do it in such scenarios as usually we SHOULD NOT carry data from S1 to S2.



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23 Mar 2017, 22:00
fluke wrote: Eunice sold x $17 cakes Eunice sold y $19 cakes
A. Eunice sold 8 cakes. Those cakes can be all 17$ cakes or all $19 cakes. Not sufficient.
B. 17x+19y = 140
Whenever we get such type of questions and we know that x and y can only be integers, it is a must we try all integral values for x and y that may satisy the equation.
Write multiples of 19 that are less than 140; 0,19,38,57,76,95,114,133
Start with x=0; x=0; 19y = 1400 = 140; not a multiple of 19. x=1; 19y = 14017=123; not a multiple of 19. x=2; 19y = 14034=106; not a multiple of 19. x=3; 19y = 14051=89; not a multiple of 19. x=4; 19y = 14068=72; not a multiple of 19 x=5; 19y = 14095=55; not a multiple of 19 x=6; 19y = 140112=38; is a multiple of 19 x=7; 19y = 140129=11; not a multiple of 19 x=8; 19y = 140146=6; not a multiple of 19 and < 0. We can stop here.
We see that the above equation satisfies only for x=6; y=38/19=2; Sufficient.
Ans: "B"
I wonder if there is an easier way to find this one!!! Hello Friends, My 2 cents... In such scenarios i cheat: i use S1 info in S2 and try to solve  if i am able to solve viola we have to answer otherwise NOT For example, here  we know that a + b = 8 and we need to find b therefore a = 8 b in other equation: a = 17 cents b = 19 cents 17a+19b = 140 17*(8b) + 19b = 140 136  17b + 19b = 140 2b = 4 b = 2  we have our answer!!! PLEASE NOTE: i ONLY do it in such scenarios as usually we SHOULD NOT carry data from S1 to S2.



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29 Mar 2017, 17:23
The way I looked at it 
1) Not enough but true 2) we need 17x + 19y = 140.
I was going to check for (x*7)+(x*9) = 0, only one combination worked. Tried it out and it worked. So hence B.



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10 Nov 2017, 07:37
this is never an official problem in og, we meet similar but different problem, in which oa is b but it is a very simple math to find that there is one couple x,y which meet choice B. we never have to do a lot of computation like in this problem.



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15 Dec 2017, 10:16
gmatpapa wrote: fluke wrote: Eunice sold x $17 cakes Eunice sold y $19 cakes
A. Eunice sold 8 cakes. Those cakes can be all 17$ cakes or all $19 cakes. Not sufficient.
B. 17x+19y = 140
Whenever we get such type of questions and we know that x and y can only be integers, it is a must we try all integral values for x and y that may satisy the equation.
Write multiples of 19 that are less than 140; 0,19,38,57,76,95,114,133
Start with x=0; x=0; 19y = 1400 = 140; not a multiple of 19. x=1; 19y = 14017=123; not a multiple of 19. x=2; 19y = 14034=106; not a multiple of 19. x=3; 19y = 14051=89; not a multiple of 19. x=4; 19y = 14068=72; not a multiple of 19 x=5; 19y = 14095=55; not a multiple of 19 x=6; 19y = 140112=38; is a multiple of 19 x=7; 19y = 140129=11; not a multiple of 19 x=8; 19y = 140146=6; not a multiple of 19 and < 0. We can stop here.
We see that the above equation satisfies only for x=6; y=38/19=2; Sufficient.
Ans: "B"
I wonder if there is an easier way to find this one!!! Not in my knowledge. Even I use trial and error method to solve such problems. However, now whenever i see such problems I instantly pick B because all such questions I have seen have the same structure and very predictable answer choice!! :D But I'm sure if I see one on GDay, I'd rather solve it.. Not true always, if a question offers several sets of possibilites then answer wont always be B. it would be C or E instead. here is an example of such question. https://gmatclub.com/forum/joeboughto ... 06212.html



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fluke wrote: Eunice sold x $17 cakes Eunice sold y $19 cakes
A. Eunice sold 8 cakes. Those cakes can be all 17$ cakes or all $19 cakes. Not sufficient.
B. 17x+19y = 140
Whenever we get such type of questions and we know that x and y can only be integers, it is a must we try all integral values for x and y that may satisy the equation.
Write multiples of 19 that are less than 140; 0,19,38,57,76,95,114,133
Start with x=0; x=0; 19y = 1400 = 140; not a multiple of 19. x=1; 19y = 14017=123; not a multiple of 19. x=2; 19y = 14034=106; not a multiple of 19. x=3; 19y = 14051=89; not a multiple of 19. x=4; 19y = 14068=72; not a multiple of 19 x=5; 19y = 14095=55; not a multiple of 19 x=6; 19y = 140112=38; is a multiple of 19 x=7; 19y = 140129=11; not a multiple of 19 x=8; 19y = 140146=6; not a multiple of 19 and < 0. We can stop here.
We see that the above equation satisfies only for x=6; y=38/19=2; Sufficient.
Ans: "B"
I wonder if there is an easier way to find this one!!! this would take so long to do!




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