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Puzzle #552 - Sentencing the Thief
21-Dec-18
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After being taken to the police station (Puzzle #102 - Transporting a thief), Biraj was taken to court where he was convicted. In that primitive town, the penalty for theft was death. However, the magistrate, needless to say a puzzle lover, decided to give him a chance to save himself. He was blindfolded and was told that he would have to pick a pill from either of two small cups. There would be a total of 100 pills - 50 blue and 50 green pills. Green pills contained potassiuym cyanide and consuming them would cause instant death. The blue pill was a very strong laxative as the judge felt that in case he chose that pill, at least a small, yet memorable punishment was imminent. He asked for one last wish to be granted. He said that he would like to divide the pills amongst the 2 cups before he was blindfolded. The judge granted his wish, but added a stipulation that after the division was done, the cups would be sealed and Biraj would have to choose a cup whilst being blindfolded and once he chose a cup, he could not exchange the cup and would have to pick a pill from that very cup. Now we know that Biraj was a novice (considering that he wasn't adept at robbery) and, hence, a death penalty would be utterly barbaric. He could be given a chance to amend his ways without taking away his life. So, help him figure out a plan to maximise his chances of survival. Provide a detailed explanation along with your answer.
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