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# M23-31

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If $$X$$, $$Y$$, and $$Z$$ are positive integers, is $$X*Y*Z$$ even?

(1) $$X - Y$$ is odd

(2) $$Y*Z + X$$ is odd

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16 Sep 2014, 00:20
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Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. From S1 it follows that $$X$$ and $$Y$$ cannot both be odd or even. One of them must be even and the other must be odd. This information is enough to state that $$X*Y*Z$$ is even.

Statement (2) by itself is sufficient. From S2 it follows that either $$Y*Z$$ or $$X$$ is even. This information is enough to state that $$X*Y*Z$$ is even.

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28 Mar 2018, 06:26
+1 for option D.
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28 Mar 2018, 08:40
Question is basically asking us X, Y, Z - do we have one variable that is even?

If ANY of these variables are even, then the product of all three numbers are even
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28 Mar 2018, 19:10
To determine whether the product X * Y * Z is even is to specify whether any one of those variables is even

1. X - Y is odd;
(even - odd = odd)
(odd - even = odd)
either X or Y is even --> Sufficient

2. Y * Z + X is odd;
(even + odd = odd)
(odd + even = odd)
either Y * Z or X is even --> Sufficient
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