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## #3 - Local, Except

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g_lawyered
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Hi P.S.
I translated the question stem to mean we're looking for the correct answer to be a Must be False (the 4 incorrect answers are: Could be True). I narrowed down contenders to A, C, E. I see why A is the correct answer choice. Can someone explain why E isn't a must be false answer? Why can't E be the correct answer?

This is the hypothetical I drew and why I chose E:

(In order from 1-3)
W: M, S/O/P, O/P/S
E: ___, U, G
I thought it was a Must Be False answer because per Rule 1, S must go in West (so it can't be 1st in East). And O nor P can go at the same time as M (neither can go 1st in East). Can someone give me a scenario where E is possible?

Also, I want to make sure I eliminated C for the right reasons. Here is the hypothetical I drew to prove C is a Could Be True answer:
(In Order from 1-3)
W: S, O/P, G/P/O
E: M, U, G/O/P
As long as G goes 3rd in either West or East

Robert Carroll
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GGIBA003,

Yes, the correct answer Must Be False. We normally try to keep to phrases using the word "true", so you could also say that we're looking for the one answer that Cannot Be True.

For answer choice (E), there was no reason to have M specifically in the west theater. So just do this:

West: S O P
East: M U G

In fact, that's one of the hypotheticals you drew for answer choice (C), so be more careful about that.

For answer choice (C), your hypotheticals should be more determinate, because G's being at 3 in the East theater is the local condition - it shouldn't be able to vary. Further, the hypothetical I drew above for answer choice (E), which is also compatible with your hypotheticals for answer choice (C), shows that S can be at 1 in the West theater.

Robert Carroll
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I see where I went wrong now. I didn't realize that hypothetical can eliminate both answer C and E. Is this a hypothetical that should have been a template? I didn't draw out templates for this game...
Thanks for clarifying that!
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I didn't do templates for this game either, GGIBA003@FIU.EDU, and it's okay if you didn't. But for this question I drew two local diagrams, both with G at 3 in the East per the question stem. In one of them I placed U at 1 in the East and in the other I placed U at 2 in the East. From there I could see every possible solution, and it was clear that answer A was impossible! With G at 3 in either theater, at least one of O or P must be at 2, and that forces M to be at 1, regardless of which theater M or G is in. M cannot be at 2 when G is at 3!
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The fact that you didn't do templates for this game either does make me feel better about it. Lol
I just took a long time drawing out templates for this many Local Questions , so I thought I missed out by not trying to draw out templates during the game set up. Since I did this PT as full timed test, I did some questions and guessed on others to have enough time for the other games,
Any tips on how to determine the use of Templates per game faster? My rule of thumb is usually, if I don't see big inferences in the set up and see a lot of Local Questions, then I don't spend time attempting to make templates. My problem is the speed at which I do questions (have to skip and guess on some so I can get to the rest of the games). Any tips on getting faster?
Robert Carroll
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GGIBA003,

The topic of when to do templates is a big one, and we have some resources on that:

viewtopic.php?p=92520#p92520

https://www.powerscore.com/lsat/podcast/21/

It sounds like you're thinking along the right lines. I want to reemphasize, as I say at the first link I'm posting here, that any game where PowerScore would identify templates provides good practice for how to decide on templates.

Robert Carroll
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Thank you for the resources Robert!
Sufineeah18
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the question 3 says could be true except, but can u see the (d) option, in that how can S can be on 2 on west theatres. Wouldn't that break the rule . im confused . help
Jeff Wren
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Hi Sufineeah,

I'm not sure which rule specifically you are referring to, but I think that you may have misread either one of the rules or the answer choice.

The first rule states that "Sales must be in the WEST theater."

Answer D says that "Sales is presented at 2:00 in the WEST theater."

This doesn't violate the first rule or any of the other rules.

Here is a hypothetical solution to Answer D which you can test against all of the rules to see that it works.

East - U, O/P, G (U at 1:00, either O or P at 2:00, G at 3:00)
West - M, S, P/O (M at 1:00, S at 2:00, either P or O at 3:00)

Answer D is possible/could be true, so it is not correct.

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