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# The world's finest single-malt whiskies come from the highland of

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The world's finest single-malt whiskies come from the highland of Scotland. If the quality of the blended whisky derives from the quality of its component ingredients, then MacDuff's whisky must be the finest whisky in the world, because it blends no fewer than five Scotland's finest single-malt whiskies.

The argument above could be seriously weaken if which of the followin were true?

(A) The more single-malt whiskies involved in the batch of blended whisky, the finer the quality of whisky.

(B) Whereas many of MacDuff's competitors have been in industry for decades or even century, the MacDuff brand was created within the last decade by marketing committee.

(C) Including more than five single-malt whiskies in a blended whisky is a waste, because no one can taste that many component flavors.

(D) A blended whisky is as fine as the average quality of its components.

(E) The concept of "finest" in a whisky is a subjective measure that cannot be quantified in a statistically valid way.
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17 Aug 2018, 05:54
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The world's finest single-malt whiskies come from the highland of Scotland. If the quality of the blended whisky derives from the quality of its component ingredients, then MacDuff's whisky must be the finest whisky in the world, because it blends no fewer than five Scotland's finest single-malt whiskies.

The argument above could be seriously weaken if which of the followin were true?

(A) The more single-malt whiskies involved in the batch of blended whisky, the finer the quality of whisky.

(B) Whereas many of MacDuff's competitors have been in industry for decades or even century, the MacDuff brand was created within the last decade by marketing committee.

(C) Including more than five single-malt whiskies in a blended whisky is a waste, because no one can taste that many component flavors.

(D) A blended whisky is as fine as the average quality of its components.

(E) The concept of "finest" in a whisky is a subjective measure that cannot be quantified in a statistically valid way.

The conclusion is

MacDuff's whisky must be the finest whisky in the world

(A) The more single-malt whiskies involved in the batch of blended whisky, the finer the quality of whisky.
--Strengthens the conclusion
--Out

(B) Whereas many of MacDuff's competitors have been in industry for decades or even century, the MacDuff brand was created within the last decade by marketing committee.
--Has nothing to do with single malt and blending
--Out

(C) Including more than five single-malt whiskies in a blended whisky is a waste, because no one can taste that many component flavors.
---right , but no fewer than five Scotland's finest single-malt means >=5
it means the blended malt can have 5 single malt whiskies
--Out

(D) A blended whisky is as fine as the average quality of its components.
---This means that either the blended one's quality is same or inferior
if all say 10 ingredients have a value of 10 , the value of blended whiskey will be 10
if any one of the ingredient has a lower value the average will go down .

(E) The concept of "finest" in a whisky is a subjective measure that cannot be quantified in a statistically valid way
--May be true , but it doesn't weaken the conclusion
--Out

D !!
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18 Aug 2018, 08:41
Pure Weighted Average Question.
The argument says that the finest come from Scotland. What about other 4 components? they might have the lowest quality in the world.

I go with D
(D) A blended whisky is as fine as the average quality of its components.
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18 Aug 2018, 16:38
I am a bit skeptical on this question. D has to assume that the quality of the 5+ whiskies become worse AND that there are companies that mix less than 5 whiskies than MacDuff. This seems like a lot of assumptions to make to weaken the question.

By the same token, I chose A because it states that the more whiskies blended, the finer the quality. I assumed that there are companies that mixes more whiskies together than MacDuff, which will weaken the author's claim that MacDuff is the finest in the world...

I am likely overthinking this question... thoughts?
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20 Aug 2018, 01:27
Hope you are doing well. Let’s try to solve this question
The question asks to weaken the argument.
The next step is to deconstruct it
The conclusion provided in the argument is that MacDuff’s whisky is the finest whisky in the world and the premise provided for the same is it blends no fewer than five Scotland’s finest single malt whiskies.
The predicted answer should basically suggest that mixing finest single malt whiskies do not contribute to making the quality of whiskey better.
Next step is to do Process of Elimination
A- Strengthens the argument
B- Out of scope
C- Out of scope as the argument suggests no fewer than five.
D- Correct
E- Does not damage the claim
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