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A certain fruit stand sold a total of 76 oranges to 19 customers. How many of them bought only one orange? (1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even.
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Official Solution: (1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. This basically means that all customers bought exactly 4 oranges (\(\frac{76}{19}=4\)), because if even one customer bought less than 4, the sum would be less than 76. Hence, no one bought only one orange. Sufficient. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient. Answer: D
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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. This basically means that all customers bought exactly 4 oranges (\(\frac{76}{19}=4\)), because if even one customer bought less than 4, the sum would be less than 76. Hence, no one bought only one orange. Sufficient. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient.
Answer: D Hi, i had a question regarding the 1st statement. " None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges." why would this mean everyone bought EXACTLY 4 oranges. What if someone buys 1,2 or 3 oranges (coz it is still less than 4)



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arunpkumar wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. This basically means that all customers bought exactly 4 oranges (\(\frac{76}{19}=4\)), because if even one customer bought less than 4, the sum would be less than 76. Hence, no one bought only one orange. Sufficient. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient.
Answer: D Hi, i had a question regarding the 1st statement. " None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges." why would this mean everyone bought EXACTLY 4 oranges. What if someone buys 1,2 or 3 oranges (coz it is still less than 4) There are 19 customers who bought total of 76 oranges and none of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. Could any of them bought less than 4 oranges?
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The explanation for (2) is great Bunnel. I was frustrated with trying pairs of (1,5), (1,7)....



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Statement two was a hard one. Great explanation!
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I thought that 0 is an even number? If it's so then in case 2, two or more people can buy the same odd amount of fruit ( 1, 3, 3 etc or 3, 5, 5 etc.) as long as the sum is 76. Therefore, one may or may not buy exactly 1 orange > option 2 is insufficient
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notMD wrote: I thought that 0 is an even number? If it's so then in case 2, two or more people can buy the same odd amount of fruit ( 1, 3, 3 etc or 3, 5, 5 etc.) as long as the sum is 76. Therefore, one may or may not buy exactly 1 orange > option 2 is insufficient
Please help Hi, You rae correct that 0 is an even number.. and you are also correct soeonecan buy 1,1,3 or 3,5,5... but you have to look at two points 1)the total number of oranges..it is an even number 2) since the difference is even.. either all numbers are even or all numbers will be odd,,.. why? say you have someone with 4 and other with 3.. the difference will be odd... having seen these two points we have to ask ourselves " Is it possible to have odd number of people having odd number of oranges and still having total number of oranges as even?"The answer is NO... Because Sum of odd quantity of numbers having odd values will always be oddSo any odd value gets discarded and along with it goes out the value of '1'.. Thus suff
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I think this is a highquality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Can you please explain how S2 is sufficient on its own. Did not understand from official solution



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pratyushk1 wrote: I think this is a highquality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. Can you please explain how S2 is sufficient on its own. Did not understand from official solution Can you please what part of the following is unclear: (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient. Thank you.
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Hi Bunuel I got the answer alright... but what level question would this be... thanks Sent from my GTI9060I using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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I think this is a highquality question and I agree with explanation. Statement 2 Best ODDEVEN Concept so far



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Bunuel wrote: A certain fruit stand sold a total of 76 oranges to 19 customers. How many of them bought only one orange?
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges.
(2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. Statement 1: None bought < 4 Clearly sufficient since then everyone bought 4 Oranges Statement 2: Tricky and I got wrong at first However, given a thought Everyone bought something so there is no customer who has 0 orange Moving ahead, if 18 customers each bought 1 and 19th customer bought (7618)= 58 now if I take difference of any 2 numbers from it such as 11=0 or 581 Not valid Giving 2 Oranges to each of customers , hence 18 customers have 2 and 18th one has 7636=40 oranges, now difference of any number in set is even . It means none of them had 1 orange Sufficient Ans: D
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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. This basically means that all customers bought exactly 4 oranges (\(\frac{76}{19}=4\)), because if even one customer bought less than 4, the sum would be less than 76. Hence, no one bought only one orange. Sufficient. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient.
Answer: D Hi BunuelCan you please give an example for the following portion: But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Thanks



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JIAA wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
(1) None of the customers bought more than 4 oranges. This basically means that all customers bought exactly 4 oranges (\(\frac{76}{19}=4\)), because if even one customer bought less than 4, the sum would be less than 76. Hence, no one bought only one orange. Sufficient. (2) The difference between the number of oranges bought by any two customers is even. In order for the difference between ANY number of oranges bought to be even, either all customers must have bought an odd number of oranges or all customers must have bought an even number of oranges. But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Sufficient.
Answer: D Hi BunuelCan you please give an example for the following portion: But the first case is not possible: the sum of 19 odd numbers is odd and not even like 76. Hence, again no one bought only one (i.e. odd number) orange. Thanks Well the sum of odd number of odd numbers is always odd: odd + odd + odd = odd. For example, 1 + 1 + 1 = 3= odd.
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