four friends kishore,lokesh,mayank,nelam

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Four friends - kishore, lokesh, mayank and neelam, from the same batch of ias have been working since very long in different states of india, namely-u. p., maharashtra and m. p. the number of years for have worked is an integral unit. the sums of the number of years spent in the three states together were distinct for the four friends. the sums of the number of years spent by the four friends together in the u. p., maharashtra and m. p. were 22, 26 and 26 respectively. no friend spent an equal number of years in any two states. no two friends spent an equal number of years in any states. it is also known that: (i) the number of years spent by kishore and mayank in m. p were 8 and 2 respectively. i) the sum of the number of years spent in the three states together by mayank was not less than that of kishore. (iii) the sum of the number of years spent in the three states together by lokesh was 30. (iv) the absolute difference between the numbers of years spent by kishore in u. p.and the number of years spent by mayank in maharashtra was (v) among the three states, neelam spent the least amount of time in maharashtra and the maxi- mum in m. p. 46. what is the difference in the number of year(s) spent by kishore in u. p. and maharashtra? (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 8 (d) 6 47. what was the sum of the numbers of years spent by mayank in u. p., kishore in maharsahtra, lokesh in u. p. and neelam in m. p? (a) 24 (b) 32 (c) 26 (d) 36 9. among the four friends, who spent the least amount of time in m. p and maharashtra? (a) mayank and neelam (6) lokesh and kishore (c) kishore and neelam (d) neelam and lokesh

This comes down to a logic puzzle where, based on the clues, we need to figure out how many years each of the four friends spent in each of the 3 countries. Deducing this information based on the clues will allow us to answer the questions. Unfortunately, it seems like part of clue (iv) is missing, as the clue cuts off before telling the value of the difference. This is also an issue with the original question, which was posted previously here: https://questioncove.com/study#/updates/5ee3d1aee82e445bc4a9f00 If you can try to post the question as you've found it with all the relevant information, that would help us to help you solve the problem. As of now, perhaps there are some deductions you can make from the clues that are available, but I admit I have not looked at them very closely yet

According to a post made from this site: https://cracku.in/four-friends-kishore-lokesh-mayank-and-neelam-fro-adda-30698 (I should be ok in posting this reference, since no direct solution is given, yes?) It seems that clue (iv) should read: "(iv) the absolute difference between the numbers of years spent by kishore in u. p.and the number of years spent by mayank in maharashtra was 4" I'm sure this will prove useful in solving the problem

Hint (i) tells us that K spent 8 years in M.P., while M spent 2 years in M.P. Recall that the total number of time the 4 friends spent in M.P. was 26 years, so that also tells us that J and L spent a total of 16 years in M.P. between the two of them. Hint (ii) tells us that M spent *at least* as much time in all three states combined compared to K; this could mean M spent equal or more time than K. Hint (iii) tells us that L spent a total of 30 years in the 3 states combined; this clue may be more important when combined with additional information later Hint (iv) tells us that K's time in U.P. and M's time in Maharashtra differ by 4 years, although we are not given the time K spent in U.P. nor the time M spent in Maharashtra. Hint (v) is written somewhat ambiguously, but it seems to say that N spent the most time in M.P. and the least time in Maharashtra. Whether this means the "most and least" among the places N visited or the "most and least" amount of time compared to the other friends is unclear. Also keep in mind that it may not be necessary (or possible) to find out how many years each friend spent in each place. You only need to find enough information to answer the questions. Perhaps that should be our focus if we continue to approach this problem

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