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According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believ [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2020, 04:17
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According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believed that he could always tell if people were trying to deceive him. He based this belief on the fact that, in ten years of experience, in cases where he suspected that a tourist was carrying contraband, he was always right. Careful inspections of the luggage and persons of the suspects always turned up the contraband goods.

Which of the following points up a logical flaw in the inspector's reasoning?

(A) The tourists who passed through the inspector's checkpoint could have known that they might be searched.
(B) Only a small percentage of the tourists passing through the inspector's checkpoint could be expected to be intentionally carrying contraband.
(C) Other customs inspectors at the same checkpoint caught tourists carrying contraband just as often as this inspector did.
(D) Some tourists whom the inspector decided not to search could have -knowingly carried contraband.
(E) Some tourists who passed through the checkpoint without being searched could have been carrying contraband unwittingly.


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Re: According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 00:21
E sounds like a major logical flaw due to the fact that the inspector could "sense if someone is DECEIVING HIM". If someone was not deceiving him and was carrying the goods unwittingly, then it can bypass the checkpoint.

I had D,E options in hand but I didn't think D was better because it does not state whether 100% of the deceiving people passing through the checkpoint were caught by the inspector, only when the inspector had a feeling, he inspected and it turned out true.
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Re: According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believ [#permalink] New post 05 May 2020, 03:52
I found the E to be the flaw. As the chances of checking every tourist is low.
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Re: According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believ [#permalink] New post 12 May 2020, 13:15
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Zohair123 wrote:
E sounds like a major logical flaw due to the fact that the inspector could "sense if someone is DECEIVING HIM". If someone was not deceiving him and was carrying the goods unwittingly, then it can bypass the checkpoint.

I had D,E options in hand but I didn't think D was better because it does not state whether 100% of the deceiving people passing through the checkpoint were caught by the inspector, only when the inspector had a feeling, he inspected and it turned out true.


After hesitating, because of the same reasons you've stated, I have incorrectly decided on the answer choice E. However, after evaluating the word "unwittingly" I have come to an understanding that the carriers of the contraband was "unaware" or "unintentionally" (which is what unwittingly means) carrying in the contrands. Therefore, did not have any intention of deceiving the inspector which basically means that the inspector was never deceived. While answer choice D states that some actually did get away with deceiving the inspector.

Hope that gives you some clarity!
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Re: According to a newspaper article, a customs inspector believ [#permalink] New post 17 May 2020, 02:56
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Zohair123 wrote:
E sounds like a major logical flaw due to the fact that the inspector could "sense if someone is DECEIVING HIM". If someone was not deceiving him and was carrying the goods unwittingly, then it can bypass the checkpoint.

I had D,E options in hand but I didn't think D was better because it does not state whether 100% of the deceiving people passing through the checkpoint were caught by the inspector, only when the inspector had a feeling, he inspected and it turned out true.


After hesitating, because of the same reasons you've stated, I have incorrectly decided on the answer choice E. However, after evaluating the word "unwittingly" I have come to an understanding that the carriers of the contraband was "unaware" or "unintentionally" (which is what unwittingly means) carrying in the contrands. Therefore, did not have any intention of deceiving the inspector which basically means that the inspector was never deceived. While answer choice D states that some actually did get away with deceiving the inspector.

Hope that gives you some clarity!

Thank you for the explanation, I also thought E was better option but your explanation makes sense.
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