Bad King and Wine Bottles puzzle

By | May 14, 2014

Bad King and Wine Bottles puzzle
This is a very interesting interview puzzle .And requires good thought process to find the solution.Here’s the puzzle.

Puzzle : A bad king has 1000 bottles of very expensive wine. A neighbouring King plots to kill the bad king and sends a servant to poison the wine. Unfortunately the bad king’s guards catch the servant after he has only poisoned one bottle. Alas, the guards don’t know which bottle but know that the poison is so strong that even if diluted 1,000,000 times it would still kill the king. Furthermore, it takes one month to have an effect. The bad king decides he will get some of the prisoners in his vast dungeons to drink the wine. Being a clever bad king he knows he needs to murder no more than 10 prisoners – believing he can fob off such a low death rate – and will still be able to drink the rest of the wine at his anniversary party in 5 weeks time. Explain How ?

Hint : 1000 is less than 1024.

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One thought on “Bad King and Wine Bottles puzzle

  1. michael

    He’s not that bad of a king if he has fewer than 1,000 prisoners, in which case he’d only kill one.


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