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Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationery at the time.




Blank (i)Blank (ii)
A. probityD. acquisitive
B. extravaganceE. illiberal
C. disapprobationF. profligate



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The last part of the sentence provides most of the context needed to fill in the two blanks. The novel was extremely long and required vast amounts of paper. Among the choices for the second blank, only “profligate” matches this lack of restraint. The word“Ironically” indicates that what the writer was “wary of” was something similar toprofligacy; of the choices for the first blank, “extravagance” is the closest.

Thus, the correct answer is extravagance (Choice B) and profligate (Choice F).
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the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationery at the time.

"Ironically" indicates that there would be some kind of paradox in the sentence. If the writer's novel contains 2,500 pages, which is considered a "fortune", then he must be very vigilant of length in his writing. So, the blanks have to something to do with crossing a limit or abundance. Extravagance and profligate serve this purpose.
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Re: Ironically, the writer so wary of [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2020, 02:06
Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationery at the time.

Main logic of sentence is that the person was aware of something, nevertheless he dismissed that knowledge and it's resulted in such bad outcome.
So the answers must be close in meaning, out of the all options only 2 have the close meanings "profligate" and "extravagance".
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Ironically, the writer so wary of (i)__________ was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationery at the time.

Lets look at the second blank first, as there are clues immediately following it.

was (ii)__________ with ink and paper, his novel running to 2,500 shagreen-bound folio pages — a fortune in stationery at the time.

Well, if his novel ran to 2,500 pages which cost a fortune, he was certainly quite liberal with ink and paper.

The word from the choice list is profligate, which means recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.

Now of course one suggest the word acquisitive as well for acquisitive means excessively interested in acquiring money or material things - and he did acquire 2500 pages of stationery. But the word "fortune" enables us to rule it out. For profligate has the sense of spending money excessively.

Now the word "Ironically" at the beginning of the sentence implies something unexpected is to follow.

Therefore, someone "so wary of (i)_________" , would be unexpectedly extravagant only if he was wary/cautious of extravagance.

And that is the word in the choice list as well.
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