Problem #1657

 1657 At a store, when a length is reported as $x$ inches that means the length is at least $x - 0.5$ inches and at most $x + 0.5$ inches. Suppose the dimensions of a rectangular tile are reported as $2$ inches by $3$ inches. In square inches, what is the minimum area for the rectangle? $\textbf{(A)}\ 3.75 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 4.5 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 5 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 6 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 8.75$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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