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Poisoned wine for Bad King

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There is a bad King, ruler of a medieval empire  and he is planning to throw a big party on his 47th birthday. He’s got a cellar of 1000 bottles of delightful and very expensive wine for the day. Now, the neighboring queen, who had plans to kill him, had sent a knight to poison the wine. (Un)fortunately the guards of the king caught the knight. But the knight had already poisoned one bottle of wine, and the bottle is unknown.

The poison exhibits no symptoms until death, and death occurs within two weeks after consuming even the minutest amount of poison. The king has over a 100 of prisoners, and just two weeks before his birthday. So, he plans to get some of the prisoners to drink the wine. Can you tell the least number of prisoners need to be executed to find out the poisoned bottle of wine ?


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