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Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?
a. The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.
warmer or more cold? never mentioned in the argument-only "ideal climbon weather"is mentioned.
B. In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."
"fewer" is critical here.More no.of people went for climbing and more no.of people died, so "fewer"of more is how much?
C. In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.
recent years? we are talking about 2006 ONLY.
D. In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.
so this could have resulted in fewer deaths,not more.
E. Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.
In weakening the argument, we can very well the extreme ACs which provides external info and this suggests the best option.

IMO (E)
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I also think it is B.

a. The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.
Ideal weather not necessarily warm weather. Nowhere is stated that accidents were more frequent on warmer days.
B. In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."
More teams went into the "death-zone", more chance for accident. Maybe fewer were forced to turn back if conditions were so good...
C. In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.
Accidents happen also to professionals, no reason to infer that most of the accidents involved amateurs.
D. In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.
We are not talking about the daily rate of accidents or something like this.
E. Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.
Can we infer that most of the accidents occurred on that specific day of the worst storm?

If conditions almost similar, even "good" weather, and if fewer teams were forced to turn back,
then more teams passed the critical point, hence reasonable more accidents.

What is the source and OA?
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The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for those attempting to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, as more people perished attempting to reach the summit in 2006 than in any other year. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet. Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?
a. The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.
B. In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."
C. In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.
D. In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.
E. Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.


I though the answer was D. If authorities suspended climbing on fewer days because of the better weather then more people actually climbed and so we can expect that even with the same probability of deaths, the number of deaths will be higher. Plus, the answer choice attacks both sides of the question, the subject about deaths as well as the weather which is very convincing in correct answer choices for paradox questions. Anyways, answer as stated above is B, which I had as contender but discarded because it didn't actually deal with the problem of the weather so it didn't really explain the whole paradox

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If you look at the stem, it's mentioned that Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years. Thus, even if on fewer days climbs are suspended, it doesn't really explain our conclusion i.e. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving“death-zone” above 26,000 feet.

Option B states that more climbing teams entered the "death-zone" compared to previous years. So we can expect that more people perished in attempting to reach the summit.

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The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for those attempting to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, as more people perished attempting to reach the summit in 2006 than in any other year. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet. Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?
a. The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.
B. In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."
C. In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.
D. In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.
E. Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.


I though the answer was D. If authorities suspended climbing on fewer days because of the better weather then more people actually climbed and so we can expect that even with the same probability of deaths, the number of deaths will be higher. Plus, the answer choice attacks both sides of the question, the subject about deaths as well as the weather which is very convincing in correct answer choices for paradox questions. Anyways, answer as stated above is B, which I had as contender but discarded because it didn't actually deal with the problem of the weather so it didn't really explain the whole paradox

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B it is.

The question states "almost all the deaths occurred in the death-zone".

Between B and D. B gives us clear reason that many people entered into death-zone Thus we can deduce why more number of people died. D means more people may have started the climb but nothing about them entering the death-zone.
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Conclusion:good weather caused more fatalities

A. All of the forecasts were for extremely bad weather; the good weather was a significant surprise to all of the climbers. Does not answer why we had more fatalities

B. The good weather prompted significantly more people than ever to try to reach the summit and enter the “deathzone,” many of whom would have turned back at a lower altitude in poorer weather.
This sentence is stating that the number of people climbed increased and hence the the number of fatalities were more. clearly strengthens the conclusion

C. The good weather caused the “death-zone” to have warmer temperatures and less intense winds than in recent years.
does not give us any idea about fatalities

D. Modern equipment is particularly effective in protecting climbers from the elements in bad weather.
out of scope

E. Many accomplished climbers don’t attempt Mt. Everest during good weather because they feel it is not a challenge.
Nothing is mentioned as type of climbers which perished Incomplete.
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Answer should be B.
Situation: Despite good weather, number of fatalities are more in 2006.
Analysis: Good weather must be propelling a reason which was causing more fatalities.

Option B situates the reason, more the number of people going to "unforgiving death zone", more the number of fatalities.
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Wonderwoman31, this seems like a fine question.

The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for those attempting to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, as more people perished attempting to reach the summit in 2006 than in any other year. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet. Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years.

Thoughts: 2006 was the deadliest on record, but there were idea conditions. Hmm, how do we resolve this? Well, they tell us that the majority if deaths occurred beyond a certain point, so this is our big clue.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?

(A) The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice. -- Where are we told the weather is warmer? Maybe ideal conditions are cooler. So this doesn't help us.

(B) In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone." -- Bingo. So more teams hit the zone where most die, therefore we can conclude that more died as a result. This does strengthen our conclusion because the assumption we have to make (on a percentage basis) is far smaller than any assumption we have to make for any other choice. When forced to assume, and it will not happen often, we must go with the tiniest assumption. And this one is fine. We are told that most deaths occur at a certain point, so if more reach that point we know that more will die as a result, based on sheer numbers alone.

(C) In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest. --OK, what if only one amateur climbed Everest and what if it wasn't in 2006? This doesn't help our cause.

(D) In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years. -- Already told us this information in the question, so this doesn't help us.

(E) Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record. --OK, so this storm hit on the weekend when most climbers were climbing and killed most of those involved? Come on. This assumption is massive and we cannot make it.
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(A) The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.
We have no evidence whether the warmer weather was part of the clear weather

(B) In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."
This feels like an ideal reason for the occurence of the tragedy

(C) In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.
We cannot come to a conclusion just because more no of amatuers climbed

(D) In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.
This also feels right however doesn't specify exact reasons it tales a wider approach

(E) Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.
This cannot have accounted for all the tragedies
Hence IMO B
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The climbing season of 2006 was the deadliest on record for those attempting to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, as more people perished attempting to reach the summit in 2006 than in any other year. Almost all of these deaths occurred in the unforgiving “death-zone” above 26,000 feet. Oddly, though, the 2006 season enjoyed exceptionally ideal climbing weather compared to more typical years.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the apparent contradiction in the above passage?

(A) The warmer the weather, the more likely it is that crevasses (deep holes) will open up unexpectedly in the ice.

(B) In 2006, fewer climbing teams than usual were forced to turn back at some point during the ascent prior to reaching the "death-zone."

(C) In recent years, more amateurs have attempted to climb the world's great peaks, including Everest.

(D) In 2006, authorities suspended climbs due to inclement weather on fewer days than the average for more typical years.

(E) Although the 2006 season overall enjoyed ideal weather conditions, the one major storm was one of the worst on record.


Option (A) -> If this case is considered TRUE then there is also a possibility that climbers would have taken safety measures considering deep holes

Option (B) -> If this is TRUE, it connects deaths occurred over 26000 Ft & climatic conditions good for climbing. CORRECT

Option (C) -> Out of Scope

Option (D) -> No evidence of inclement weather compared to typical years in the argument

Option (E) -> Whether this one major storm contributed to all the deaths? We don’t know
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