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Starting from the center (LIF), follow the gridlines in any direction to find a path to the outside, assembling a witty insight along the way.

You may revisit the same spot more than once.


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    $\begingroup$ The first thing I saw was 'Life is like gin' which was an instant +1 $\endgroup$ Sep 6, 2022 at 15:00

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Life is like an onion-- you peel off layer after layer, and then you find there is nothing in it.

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    $\begingroup$ Should the final phrase be "...then you find..." instead of "...then find...", or and I reading the diagram wrong? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Sep 6, 2022 at 13:43
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    $\begingroup$ @bobble — Seems to have been a typo. I fixed it, so now the illustrated solution matches the written solution. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Sep 6, 2022 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ Ed, BTW, nice use of colors to illustrate the overlapping legs of the journey! I was wondering how someone was going represent that without causing confusion. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Sep 6, 2022 at 15:15
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There’s also another uplifting message hidden on the other side of the actual answer:

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Lift your voice up and sing, even when you are on the wrong track

It doesn’t quite reach the edge so is not the correct answer, but still a nice message and a bit of wordplay on the word ‘track’!

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    $\begingroup$ I found this one as well, and you can finish it at the end if you add , Ronald to it. I'm sure Ronald, whoever he is, would appreciate the message :) $\endgroup$
    – Kevin
    Sep 7, 2022 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Kevin that was also my initial idea, originally thought this may be a quote or something from a famous Ronald, but alas, this was just the red herring answer :P $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2022 at 22:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Kevin — But wouldn't that have ended in "THE W RONALD"? Not sure how that can be worked to make sense, unless I'm missing it. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Sep 7, 2022 at 22:48
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    $\begingroup$ @SlowMagic he means going from 'ack' and then up through 'ron' and 'ald' :) Great puzzle by the way! Love how it utilises pretty much every single string of characters obviously barring the outside - but at the same time only having one possible answer! $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2022 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! It was challenging to include so many red herrings and plausible-looking moves without inadvertently creating an unwanted solution. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Sep 7, 2022 at 22:59

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