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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Paul, a painter, paints only flowers or cats in his notebook tagged by: swerve ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## Paul, a painter, paints only flowers or cats in his notebook ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Paul, a painter, paints only flowers or cats in his notebook. The pictures are drawn in either regular pencil or in charcoal (but not in both.) The total number of pictures in Paul's notebook is 39 greater than the number of cat pictures painted in pencil. How many flower pictures drawn in charcoal are there in the notebook? 1) There are 7 flower pictures drawn in pencil in the notebook. 2) There are 11 flower pictures drawn in charcoal in the notebook. The OA is C Source: Economist GMAT ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 02 Jun 2008 Posted: 2349 messages Followed by: 348 members Upvotes: 1090 GMAT Score: 780 swerve wrote: Paul, a painter, paints only flowers or cats in his notebook. The pictures are drawn in either regular pencil or in charcoal (but not in both.) The total number of pictures in Paul's notebook is 39 greater than the number of cat pictures painted in pencil. How many flower pictures drawn in charcoal are there in the notebook? 1) There are 7 flower pictures drawn in pencil in the notebook. 2) There are 11 flower pictures drawn in charcoal in the notebook. The OA is C Source: Economist GMAT Am I missing something? Statement 2 tells us the exact answer to the question. I assume it means to ask how many *cat* pictures in charcoal there are. Since we know the 39 pictures mentioned in the stem consist precisely of flower-pencil, flower-charcoal, and cat-charcoal pictures, then once we know how many of the two flower pictures there are, the rest, or 39-7-11= 21, must be cat-charcoal pictures, and then the answer would be C. But as written the answer is an instant B. _________________ If you are looking for online GMAT math tutoring, or if you are interested in buying my advanced Quant books and problem sets, please contact me at ianstewartgmat at gmail.com • 5-Day Free Trial 5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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