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# Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the

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Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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26 Oct 2008, 02:07
bigtreezl wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

I am not able to think through this one ....

is it C ?
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26 Oct 2008, 02:11
amitdgr wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

I am not able to think through this one ....

is it C ?

yup! answer is C. Do you have some rationale of why you picked C over E?
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26 Oct 2008, 02:17
bigtreezl wrote:
amitdgr wrote:
bigtreezl wrote:
Mystery stories often feature a brilliant detective and the detective’s dull companion. Clues are presented in the story, and the companion wrongly infers an inaccurate solution to the mystery using the same clues that the detective uses to deduce the correct solution. Thus, the author’s strategy of including the dull companion gives readers a chance to solve the mystery while also diverting them from the correct solution.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Most mystery stories feature a brilliant detective who solves the mystery presented in the story.
(B) Mystery readers often solve the mystery in a story simply by spotting the mistakes in the reasoning of the detective’s dull companion in that story.
(C) Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery.
(D) The actions of the brilliant detective in a mystery story rarely divert readers from the actions of the detective’s dull companion.not supported by stimulus
(E) The detective’s dull companion in a mystery story generally uncovers the misleading clues that divert readers from the mystery’s correct solution.

I am not able to think through this one ....

is it C ?

yup! answer is C. Do you have some rationale of why you picked C over E?

If you noticed, i highlighted "misleading clues" in red.

The stimulus clearly says -- "using the same clues that the detective uses to"

so there aren't any misleading clues, there are only one set of clues provided. Only Mr.Watson infers them differently than Mr. Holmes does ....

I am not sure why we eliminate A. I think it provides only general info.
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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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26 Oct 2008, 02:23
good catch!
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26 Oct 2008, 10:22
amitdgr wrote:
I am not sure why we eliminate A. I think it provides only general info.

I'm a bit puzzled, it seems like a toss up between A and C. Is there any explanation with why not A?
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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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26 Oct 2008, 21:56
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amitdgr wrote:
I am not sure why we eliminate A. I think it provides only general info.

I'm a bit puzzled, it seems like a toss up between A and C. Is there any explanation with why not A?

A is nothing but a restatement of what the stimulus says and does not add more to the conclusion
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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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27 Oct 2008, 07:17
icandy wrote:
prince13 wrote:
amitdgr wrote:
I am not sure why we eliminate A. I think it provides only general info.

I'm a bit puzzled, it seems like a toss up between A and C. Is there any explanation with why not A?

A is nothing but a restatement of what the stimulus says and does not add more to the conclusion

Good explanation - thanks. The classic "answer does not go far enough" +1Kudos
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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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27 Oct 2008, 07:40
why not B??
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27 Oct 2008, 08:27
paeagain wrote:
why not B??

B is the trap answer. It goes a bit too far in concluding in reader's ability to spot mistakes and solve the mysteries . C is better than B.
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Re: CR: Mystery [#permalink]

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27 Oct 2008, 08:38
I was able to eliminate A,D and E....and got stuck between B and C. As usual choose wrong one i.e. B, because B is having word "Often" and C contains word "Some"....B means often readers can solve the mystery story and C means some stories give clues to the reader.....

when I read option C 3rd or 4th time C contains both the meanings, it states that "Some mystery stories give readers enough clues to infer the correct solution to the mystery. " it means clues may solve the mystery or may distract reader from the solution.....actually this option contains both meanings

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