SajjadAhmad wrote:

Matthew, Jared, and Richard all bought flowers. The number of flowers Matthew purchased was equal to a single digit. Of the numbers of flowers purchased by Matthew, Jared, and Richard, only one was divisible by 3. The number of flowers one of them bought was an even number. Which of the following could represent the numbers of flowers each purchased?

A 3, 8, 24

B 7, 9, 17

C 6, 9, 12

D 5, 15, 18

E 9, 10, 13

IMO, this question is about following instructions, logic, and not getting bamboozled into thinking this question is harder than it is.

Given conditions:

1) one number has to be a single digit (not very helpful - all answers have single-digit numbers)

2) ONLY one number in the group can be divisible by 3:

ELIMINATE Answers A, C, and D

A has (3, 24). C has (6, 9, 12). And D has (15, 18).

Only Answers B and E remain.

3) The number of flowers one of them bought was an even number.

Eliminate B. B's numbers are all odd. And E satisfies all conditions.

ANSWER E

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