Problem #1771


Three distinct segments are chosen at random among the segments whose end-points are the vertices of a regular 12-gon. What is the probability that the lengths of these three segments are the three side lengths of a triangle with positive area?

$\textbf{(A)} \ \frac{553}{715} \qquad \textbf{(B)} \ \frac{443}{572} \qquad \textbf{(C)} \ \frac{111}{143} \qquad \textbf{(D)} \ \frac{81}{104} \qquad \textbf{(E)} \ \frac{223}{286}$

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