2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 14

Problem

A list of $2018$ positive integers has a unique mode, which occurs exactly $10$ times. What is the least number of distinct values that can occur in the list?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 202\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 223\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 224\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 225\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 234$

Solution

To minimize the number of distinct values, we want to maximize the number of times they appear. So, we could have $223$ numbers appear $9$ times, $1$ number appear once, and the mode appear $10$ times, giving us a total of $223 + 1 + 1$ = $\boxed{\textbf{(D) } 225}$

See Also

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Problem 9
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