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Thursday Code Puzzler: Efficient Duplicate Detection

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Thursday Code Puzzler: Efficient Duplicate Detection

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Thursday is code puzzler day here at DZone. The idea is simple: solve the coding problem as efficiently as you can, in any language or framework that you find suitable.

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Efficient Duplicate Detection

Give an array of 1001 elements, which includes the numbers 1 to 1000 inclusive in random order, plus one duplicate number, write the most efficient algorithm to detect the duplicate number. Make sure you only access each item in the array a maximum of once. 

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