### Challenge Problem Showdown – March 11, 2013

We invite you to test your GMAT knowledge for a chance to win! Each week, we will post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for a free Manhattan GMAT Prep item. Tell your friends to get out their scrap paper and start solving!

Here is this week’s problem:

In the expression

a$b, the $ symbol represents one of the following arithmetic operations onaandb(in the order the variables are shown): addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Given that it is not true thata$b=b$afor all possible values ofaandb, a pair of nonzero, non-identical values foraandbis chosen such thata$bproduces the same result, no matter which of the operations (under the given constraints) that $ represents. The nonzero value ofbthat cannot be chosen, no matter the value ofa, is

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