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 The poisonous wine (Posted on 2005-02-26)
There are 1000 bottles of wine and you know that there is exactly one of them that is poisonous, and will kill the drinker in 7 days. (To be precise, it will take randomly from 7 days to 7 days 23 hr 59 min 59 sec.) Now you have 10 testers who are willing to risk their lives and test-drink those wines. What is the smallest number of days you need to figure out which bottle contains the poisonous wine? In addition, under this strategy, what is the maximum and minimum number of deaths? The extension to this problem is, how will your strategy change if you only have 9 testers?

 See The Solution Submitted by Bon Rating: 4.0000 (7 votes)

 Subject Author Date Solution Praneeth 2007-08-20 08:47:45 Impossible! Genius! Kevin 2006-07-15 22:00:21 0-2 Deaths end of 9-16 days Douglas 2005-03-31 09:06:42 Well spotted Nosher Cheryl 2005-03-03 02:39:54 re: Real Solution Nosher 2005-03-03 02:15:45 possible solution larry 2005-03-02 02:21:53 Some statistics Old Original Oskar! 2005-02-28 14:17:26 Excellent problem - excellent solution Nosher 2005-02-28 03:13:12 A final extension (no spoiler) vertigo 2005-02-27 16:56:03 pretty good chris 2005-02-26 20:51:38 re(2): a minor correction vertigo 2005-02-26 20:03:21 re: a minor correction Hugo 2005-02-26 19:41:59 re: ouch Dustin 2005-02-26 19:38:00 Numbered cards vertigo 2005-02-26 19:33:31 ouch iamkobe 2005-02-26 19:21:44 my solution iamkobe 2005-02-26 19:17:30 a minor correction vertigo 2005-02-26 19:15:02 re: Real Solution (continued) vertigo 2005-02-26 19:11:05 re: Solution Hugo 2005-02-26 18:59:35 Real Solution vertigo 2005-02-26 18:57:41 Solution Dustin 2005-02-26 18:19:12

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