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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes


Instructions

Puzzle

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    $\begingroup$ Whoever VTC 'unclear what you are asking' - its perfectly clear. The instructions are given, you just have to read them $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jul 4 '17 at 17:02
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    $\begingroup$ To be fair, I don't really get it either, but a comment would have been sufficient. I personally would appreciate a clearly explained standalone step-by-step mini example. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Jul 4 '17 at 18:27
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    $\begingroup$ White just means that the level is unknown, correct? Some of the white tiles could be level 0. Also, is the level threshold +2 to -1 or is it possible that there are levels above or below that in this puzzle? $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 4 '17 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil, if you think it's perfectly clear then please supplement the instructions with an unambiguous textual explanation. $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Jul 4 '17 at 20:53
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    $\begingroup$ @PeterTaylor instructionless/instruction-lite puzzles are actually quite popular. In the case of this puzzle, I don't think anything would be lost with clearer instructions, but I think it's clear enough as is. $\endgroup$ – TheGreatEscaper Jul 4 '17 at 23:39
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That was a fun maze!

Answer:

solved maze
I have colored the upward slopes red and the downward slopes green.

It would take too long to go through every step but it was possible to complete it without guessing. Here are some steps along the way:



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