2015 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 13

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Problem

A league with 12 teams holds a round-robin tournament, with each team playing every other team exactly once. Games either end with one team victorious or else end in a draw. A team scores 2 points for every game it wins and 1 point for every game it draws. Which of the following is NOT a true statement about the list of 12 scores?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \text{There must be an even number of odd scores.}\\ \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \text{There must be an even number of even scores.}\\ \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \text{There cannot be two scores of }0\text{.}\\ \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \text{The sum of the scores must be at least }100\text{.}\\ \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \text{The highest score must be at least }12\text{.}$

Solution

We can eliminate answer choices $\textbf{(A)}$ and $\textbf{(B)}$ because there are an even number of scores, so if one is false, the other must be false too. Answer choice $\textbf{(C)}$ must be true since every team plays every other team, so it is impossible for two teams to lose every game. Answer choice $\textbf{(D)}$ must be true since each game gives out a total of two points, and there are $\binom{12}{2} = 66$ games, for a total of $132$ points. Answer choice $\boxed{\textbf{(E)}}$ is false. If everyone draws each of their 11 games, then every team will tie for first place with 11 points each.

  • Quick question, why does the answer key say 3?

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    2015 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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