Challenge Problem Showdown – March 11, 2013


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

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  1. Oscar Tagiyev March 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Trying to find where on earth “The Challenge Problem” is, I spent a week, as a result, missed the deadline. In you former design it was very handy to get it. Do you guys change the design in order to deny a solver the chance to solve the problem ?
    Congratulations – your “new design”, thank you very much