There's a merciless emperor who has 500 bottles of very expensive wine in his cellar.

An assassin infiltrates the wine cellar to poison the wine. Fortunately the emperor’s guards catch the plotter after she has poisoned only one bottle. Unfortunately, the guards don’t know which one of the bottles is poisoned.

The poison exhibits no symptoms until death. Death occurs within ten to twenty hours after consuming even the minutest amount of poison.

The emperor decides he will get some of the prisoners in his dungeons to test the wine as he has handful of them about to be executed.

What is the smallest number of prisoners that must have to drink from the bottles to be absolutely sure to find the poisoned bottle within 24 hours?

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There's a merciless emperor who has 500 bottles of very expensive wine in his cellar.

An assassin infiltrates the wine cellar to poison the wine. Fortunately the emperor’s guards catch the plotter after she has poisoned only one bottle. Unfortunately, the guards don’t know which one of the bottles is poisoned.

The poison exhibits no symptoms until death. Death occurs within ten to twenty hours after consuming even the minutest amount of poison.

The emperor decides he will get some of the prisoners in his dungeons to test the wine as he has handful of them about to be executed.

What is the smallest number of prisoners that must have to drink from the bottles to be absolutely sure to find the poisoned bottle within 24 hours?

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