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Find Duplicate in Array

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Problem statement

You are given an array of integers 'ARR' containing N elements. Each integer is in the range [1, N-1], with exactly one element repeated in the array.

Your task is to find the duplicate element. The duplicate element may be repeated more than twice in the error, but there will be exactly one element that is repeated in the array.

Note :

All the integers in the array appear only once except for precisely one integer which appears two or more times.

Input format:

The first line of input contains an integer ‘T’ denoting the number of test cases. Then the T test cases follow.

The first line of each test case contains an integer ‘N’, the number of elements in the array. 

The second line of each test case contains ‘N’ space-separated integers representing the elements of the array. 

Output format:

For each test case, the duplicate element of the given array is printed.

The output of each test case is printed in a separate line. 
Note :
You are not supposed to print anything; It has already been taken care of. Just implement the given function.
Constraints :
1 <= T <= 5
1 <= N <= 10^5
1 <= ARR[i] <= N - 1

Time Limit: 1 sec


01 Approach

First, we sort the array. Now, the rest of the algorithm becomes fairly simple. We just compare each element to its previous element. As we know there is exactly one repeated element, hence we can simply just return the element, which is equal to its previous element as soon as we find it.