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Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199

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Re: Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall  [#permalink]

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Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199

I calculated OA and it looks like D but i'm not 100% sure


Yes, correct answer is indeed D.

Given:
{X}={Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither};

{Y} = 3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both};

Since the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, then:
{Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither}=4*(3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both});

{Neither}=11*({Left} + {Tall} - {Both}), which means that # of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall must be a multiple of 11.

Only answer choice D, is a multiple of 11: 143=11*13.

Answer: D.
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Let A = Left Handed, B = Tall and C = Both of left handed and Tall, D= neither

Two overlapping sets problem, therefore

Total = G1+ G2 - Both + neither

Town X
total = A+B+C+D

Town Y
= 3A+3B+3C + 0

as Town X 4 times greater.
4(3A+3B+3C) = A+B+C+D
after simplifying D = 11(A+B+C)

as D is the only multiple of 11 so to me it look like an answer.

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as Town X 4 times greater.
4(3A+3B+3C) = A+B+C+D
after simplifying D = 11(A+B+C)


12(A+B+C) = A+B+C+D
look at both sides now. you have 12 times A rather than 3 times A.
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I am not fine with the language with this question.. does four times greater right usage.. or should it be four times..does the same meaning is construed.
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Hi Bunnel,

I have a quick question. The question says "total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y". Wouldn't this translate to X=5Y instead of X=4Y. Sorry if I am missing something.
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Re: Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
Bullet wrote:
Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199

I calculated OA and it looks like D but i'm not 100% sure


Yes, correct answer is indeed D.

Given:
{X}={Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither};

{Y} = 3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both};

Since the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, then:
{Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither}=4*(3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both});

{Neither}=11*({Left} + {Tall} - {Both}), which means that # of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall must be a multiple of 11.

Only answer choice D, is a multiple of 11: 143=11*13.

Answer: D.



I think the highlighted portion actually means: If X is the total population of Town X and Y is the total population of town Y then
X = 4Y + Y = 5Y
The Question stem states 4 times greater than Y not 4 times as much as Y.

Kindly Let me know if at all i am wrong.
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Re: Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall  [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:
Bullet wrote:
Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199

I calculated OA and it looks like D but i'm not 100% sure


Yes, correct answer is indeed D.

Given:
{X}={Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither};

{Y} = 3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both};

Since the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, then:
{Left} + {Tall} - {Both} + {Neither}=4*(3*{Left} + 3*{Tall} - 3*{Both});

{Neither}=11*({Left} + {Tall} - {Both}), which means that # of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall must be a multiple of 11.

Only answer choice D, is a multiple of 11: 143=11*13.

Answer: D.



I think the highlighted portion actually means: If X is the total population of Town X and Y is the total population of town Y then
X = 4Y + Y = 5Y
The Question stem states 4 times greater than Y not 4 times as much as Y.

Kindly Let me know if at all i am wrong.


This discussion has taken place many times before. Check out this link to understand why it will be the way Bunuel has done it: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52334.html
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w+x+y+z=12w+12x+12y

z=11w+11x+11y

z=11(w+x+z)

it should be multiple of 11

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Bullet wrote:
Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199


Hi MartyTargetTestPrep,

Could you, please, shed some light on the interpretation of the above highlighted part of the stem?

Does it mean 4x or 5x on GMAT?

Many thanks in advance.
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Bullet wrote:
Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199


Hi MartyTargetTestPrep,

Could you, please, shed some light on the interpretation of the above highlighted part of the stem?

Does it mean 4x or 5x on GMAT?

Many thanks in advance.

Ideally, it would mean 5x, but I'm not sure that every writer would agree with that interpretation.

Fortunately, I am pretty sure that such an unclear way of expressing such a relationship would not be used in an official GMAT quant question, though wording like that has appeared in the correct answer to an official Sentence Correction question.
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MartyTargetTestPrep wrote:
JonShukhrat wrote:
Bullet wrote:
Some of the people in Town X are left-handed, some are tall, some are both, and some are neither. In Town Y, three times as many people are left-handed > as are left-handed in Town X, three times as many people are tall as are tall in Town X, three times as many people are both as are both in Town X, but no one is neither. If the total number of people in Town X is four times greater than the total number of people in Town Y, which of the following could be the number of people in Town X who are neither left-handed nor tall?

(A) 23
(B) 39
(C) 72
(D) 143
(E) 199


Hi MartyTargetTestPrep,

Could you, please, shed some light on the interpretation of the above highlighted part of the stem?

Does it mean 4x or 5x on GMAT?

Many thanks in advance.

Ideally, it would mean 5x, but I'm not sure that every writer would agree with that interpretation.

Fortunately, I am pretty sure that such an unclear way of expressing such a relationship would not be used in an official GMAT quant question, though wording like that has appeared in the correct answer to an official Sentence Correction question.


Once again many thanks Marty!
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