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The Bath Heritage Days, which take place in Bath, Maine, have been popular for, among other things, an eating contest. In 2009, the contest switched from blueberry pie to a Whoopie Pie, which consists of two large, chocolate cake-like cookies filled with a large amount of vanilla cream. Suppose the contest involves eating nine Whoopie Pies, each weighing 1/3 pound. The following data represent the times (in seconds) taken by each of the 13 contestants (all of whom finished all nine Whoopie Pies) to eat the first Whoopie Pie and the last (ninth) Whoopie Pie.
a. Make a 95% confidence interval for the mean of the population paired differences, where a paired difference is equal to the time taken to eat the ninth pie (which is the last pie) minus the time taken to eat the first pie.
b. Using a 10% significance level, can you conclude that the average time taken to eat the ninth pie (which is the last pie) is at least 15 seconds more than the average time taken to eat the first pie.
Assume that the population of paired differences is (approximately) normally distributed.


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