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The Quest for 700: Weekly GMAT Challenge (Answer)

Yesterday, Integrated Learning posted a 700 level GMAT question on our blog. Today, they have followed up with the answer:

Answer: D

Explanation: We recommend redrawing this problem to make it match the description.  If we’re going to add a new line ED that will be tangent to the circle at point D, such that line EO will pass through C, it is going to look like the figure below.

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Remember that a tangent line will always be perpendicular to a radius, which means that angle ODE is 90º.  Triangle OCD is equilateral, since angle x is 60º and two of its sides are equal radii, angles C and D must also be 60º.  From that we can say that radius OD is 10, and triangle ODE must be a 30-60-90 triangle.

If the side opposite the 30º angle (angle E) is 10, then the hypotenuse must be twice that, or 20.

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