Problem #1230

 1230 Suppose $\cos x=0$ and $\cos (x+z)=1/2$. What is the smallest possible positive value of $z$? $\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{\pi}{6}\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{\pi}{3}\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{\pi}{2}\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{5\pi}{6}\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{7\pi}{6}$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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