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Stat 1 + Stat 2: we have 5 and 12 . Then we can remember the triplets i.e. 5,12 and 13 and it is right angle triangle then hyp is 13...this is only sufficient if the given figure is rectangle..but such information is not given..

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17 Aug 2016, 10:48

The statements along are obviously not sufficient. Combining 1 and 2 would lead to a 5, 12, 13 triangle, but we can't infer that it's a right triangle from the image, so E.

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17 Aug 2016, 14:39

I believe this question is testing our ability to dismis assumptions that are not explocitly stated. In this case angles or defining the figure as a rectangle would allow us to answer C, but without that info we are stuck with E.

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Target question:What is the length of RT? So, we want to find the length of the blue line (below)

It's probably apparent to you that statements 1 and 2 ALONE are not sufficient, so let's jump straight to....

Statements 1 and 2 combined Statement 1 tells us that RU = 5 Statement 2 tells us that RS = 12 So, we have the following....

Does this LOCK IN the length of the blue line? No. We can MENTALLY GRAB vertex T and move it here....

or here....

...etc. Notice, although these diagrams satisfy both statements, the length of the blue line is not locked into a certain value. As such, the combined statements are NOT SUFFICIENT

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