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# QOTD #13 Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house

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QOTD #13 Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house [#permalink]  31 May 2016, 01:14
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Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house like the _________ of scents associated with the variety of dishes at the holiday feast.

paucity

anomaly

medley

mélange

dearth

rarity

[Reveal] Spoiler: OE
The feast includes a “variety of dishes,” so the sentence requires a word that means mixture or multitude. “Medley” and “mélange” both mean mixture. “Paucity” and “dearth” both mean scarcity, so that pair is at odds with the idea that there are many different dishes. “Rarity” could perhaps refer to the scent of dishes that are only made once a year, but “anomaly” refers to something that deviates from the norm, so these two words can’t be the correct pair
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Re: QOTD #13 Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house [#permalink]  31 May 2016, 03:22
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Medley and mélange are the right answers meaning a collection of scents.
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Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house like the [#permalink]  03 Oct 2017, 02:24
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Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house like the _________ of scents associated with the holiday
A. feast.
B. paucity
C. anomaly
D. olio
E. mélange
F. dearth
G. pilfering

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Olio, mélange

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Re: Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house like the [#permalink]  08 Oct 2017, 05:10
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Explanation

If it’s a feast, there are many different foods involved — thus, you need a word that means “mixture” or “multitude.” Olio and mélange both mean “mixture” or “medley.”

Hence olio, mélange are best fit!
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Re: Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house like the [#permalink]  21 Mar 2018, 20:55
Paucity means a dearth or small amount. Olio means a miscellaneous collection. Melange is a diverse mix. Melange is also a unique mix. Pilfer means to steal.
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Re: QOTD #13 Nothing evoked memories of her grandmother’s house [#permalink]  18 Oct 2018, 18:03
Where are we getting olio from? I thought it was medley.
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