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Thursday Code Puzzler: Lowest Common Ancestor

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Find the Lowest Common Ancestor in a Binary Search Tree

Given a binary search tree, find the lowest common ancestor of two nodes on the tree. Wikipedia defines  the lowest common ancestor as follows: 

The lowest common ancestor is defined between two nodes v and w as the lowest node in T that has both v and w as descendants (where we allow a node to be a descendant of itself).



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