The King and the Poison Puzzle

The King and the Poison Puzzle

In a far away land, it was known that if you drank poison, the only way to save yourself is to drink a stronger poison, which neutralizes the weaker poison. The king that ruled the land wanted to make sure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, in order to ensure his survival, in any situation. So the king called the kingdom’s pharmacist and the kingdom’s treasurer, he gave each a week to make the strongest poison. Then, each would drink the other one’s poison, then his own, and the one that will survive, will be the one that had the stronger poison.

The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no chance, for the pharmacist was much more experienced in this field, so instead, he made up a plan to survive and make sure the pharmacist dies. On the last day the pharmacist suddenly realized that the treasurer would know he had no chance, so he must have a plan. After a little thought, the pharmacist realized what the treasurer’s plan must be, and he concocted a counter plan, to make sure he survives and the treasurer dies. When the time came, the king summoned both of them. They drank the poisons as planned, and the treasurer died, the pharmacist survived, and the king didn’t get what he wanted.

What exactly happened there?

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  1. Gagan says:

    the treasurer would drink a light poison before coming to kings place. then as he planned, he would get the strongest poison from the pharmacist and it would cancel the effect of the weak poison. Then he just drinks his own poison which is nothing but plain water. So he thought he would survive.

    The pharmacist on the other hand would have to drink water and then the strongest poison, so he would surely die. This was what the treasurer came up with.

    Knowing this , the pharmacist came up with the same plan. He too just brought alongwith him plain water. The treasurer died of his own poison ( poor guy )
    The stupid king only got water.

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