Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1

Surprised no one went for this low hanging fruit yet

Get from MAZE to DONE

When you're DONE with the MAZE, apply the following the changes: -- You can probably game this puzzle by working back and forth, but I would prefer if you do the maze first ignoring the changes. You'll probably have more fun. =D

+0 +2 +2 -14 -10 +5 +0 +7 -17 +6 +15 +5 -7 -5 -5 -1 -7 +7 -14 -9 -6 +1 +4 +15

This MAZE DONE at your final answer.

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    $\begingroup$ You're on a roll with all of these puzzles! $\endgroup$ May 31, 2018 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ Can the words be the same at times? $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2018 at 0:12

1 Answer 1


The way this maze works is:

Each square can be associated with a four-letter word. We can move from square A to square B if the words differ in only one position, that is, we can form a word ladder with the words we go through.

However, there is a catch:

If we just try to follow a simple path to the end, we realize it's actually impossible! This is because some squares are actually clues for multiple four-letter words, and some squares will have to be used more than once!

The path through the maze:

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The final answer:

Taking the changed letters at each step of our word ladder, and adding the offsets, we get:

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This maze done at MIDNIGHT. (according to OP, this was meant to be a pun: as this puzzle was posted on May 31, it indicates that this May's done at midnight.)

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for thinking outside the box. I didn't know you could go to multiple boxes at once. +1 respect because you just lost sleep :D $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2018 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ oath is a type of saying $\endgroup$
    – Hans Z
    Jun 1, 2018 at 3:55
  • $\begingroup$ Damn. Did not pick up on the reentry. $\endgroup$
    – Anthony
    Jun 1, 2018 at 18:05

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