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 Dave Killoran
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The correct answer choice is (C)

If the ranks of P, O, and K were consecutive, then J’s rank would be higher than the ranks of P, O, and K, and N’s rank would be lower than the ranks of P, O, and K. The overall ranking of the seven names would be as follows:
  • 1. ..... L or J
    2. ..... J or L
    3. ..... P
    4. ..... O
    5. ..... K
    6. ..... N
    7. ..... M
Since O would be ranked fourth and N would be ranked sixth, it follows that the statement “N received more votes than O” would have to be false. Therefore, answer choice (C) is correct.
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Question: If POK is consecutive, how is J or P not #3 in the ranking. If POK is consecutive I though J has no relation to P, meaning J or P can be second or third. Please help
 James Finch
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Hi W. Hardy,

If P-O-K are consecutive, that means they are all together in a block, and nothing else can come between them. This pushes the J in front of the P, as the J must come before the O, and since the P is right before the O, the J must come before it as well (since we know P-O are consecutive). The same thing happens with the the N on the backend, pushing it to after the P-O-K block. This means L/J take up the first two slots, then P-O-K will go 3-5, then N 6th, and lastly M (as must always happen).

Hope this clears things up!
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I answered with (C).

I have a question about problems worded this way. "if....were consecutive". I thought it was a trick meaning that the three variables can be right next to each other but not exactly listed POK. They just can't have a variable in between. Like KOP or OKP or KPO..... I think I completely over thought the problem because I was focused on a "trick". :oops:
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Unless the question stem explicitly "suspends" a rule or set of rules, all the original rules remain in effect. This question forces the three variables to be consecutive, but the original rules, which remain in effect, force them to be in a specific order as well. Hope that helps!

Robert Carroll

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