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A tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route.

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The alien quantum-tunnelling hyperking labyrinth escape

Great title, right? Don't worry, I'll explain it. Here is the story. The inhabitants of planet Nuri have captured their arch-enemy, the hyperking of a neighboring planet (thus "alien"). ...
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Right-Turn-Only Maze

I was at a children's park last weekend and wandered upon a tile maze that allows right turns only. The path is white. The walls are gray. S = start and F = finish. Can you figure it out?
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Speak the password and enter, if you dare

Speak the password and enter, if you dare. Can you find a logical path through the maze and explain why it is correct? What is the password? Rules: must visit each square at least one time (or more) ...
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Labyrinth of stones

Help Princess PurpleSprite navigate through the labyrinth to retrieve the mystical jewel. She can slide the lettered stones around as needed, but she must not leave any non-words, or the labyrinth ...
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Maze: Emoji Portals 3: Konchog's RE-Revenge

This puzzle is now revised, fixed, checked, and double-checked. It is also the last (certainly for the time being) of this class of emoji-portal 'classic' mazes. Portals are always in adjacent levels ...
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Maze: Emoji Portals 2: Konchog's revenge

Your Mission: get from START to EXIT. There is only one route. All portals, cells, and corridors are visited maximum once.
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Maze: Emoji Portals

This is a more classic style of maze that I've been working on. Each emoji is twinned on the subsequent level, and appears in the same co-ordinate on that level. Your Mission: get from START to EXIT. ...
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Maze: Pentagonal Florets

Start at C, and visit all the letters! No road is travelled twice, but some nodes might be (though, none which are labelled). Special prizes for low score routes! This is going for fun rather than ...
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Maze Hex Loops and Traps 2: Progressive

Start at 1 (bottom left), and visit all the numbers in order, finishing at 9 (top right). Give yourself a special prize if use 257 steps or less! I'm still working on all methods... There's some more ...
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Maze Hex Loops and Traps

The image should be self-evident.. Start at the blob pointed to by the green arrow. Finish at the blob at the base of the orange arrow. And you can only go one way (in the direction of the arrow!) ...
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Escape across the floorboards

A mad lexophile sits alone in his apartment obsessively rearranging his Scrabble tiles and writing words on every available surface, even filling each floorboard with a word. The Scrabble tiles have ...
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The maze of everlasting flowers

You were recently caught trespassing on the queen's hunting grounds. The punishment for this crime is a miserable experience the locals call the maze of everlasting flowers: The full resolution of ...
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Hero Worms and The Minotaur

And so, Wormeus had a great time, eating every apple in sight, surviving several close calls with the Pink Lady Stickotaurs, respawning after the occasional horribly squishy death, exploring different ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Askew

Another cryptic crossword, with a twist! Each 2x2 group of yellow tiles forms a room, which are each assigned a number via the Roman numerals found in a room's lower-right corner. More details about ...
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Elementals and Aliens

Rules/Story You have been kidnapped and locked in the maze under the bathhouse you work at by 5 aliens: a Mercurian, Venusian, Martian, Jovian, and Saturnian. Currently, the aliens are spread ...
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Story of a hag and of a hog

Jump to the image to skip the 'flavour' story I am very worried about my auntie. I have not heard from her for nearly a month now, and our last phone call was very strange: -"Hello?" -"...
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Wormeus and the Multiple Stickotaurs (Part 2)

This is the sixth puzzle in the Wormeus series and the second puzzle involving multiple Stickotaurs and wormhole puns. Wormhole-pairs are indicated with light green lines (note that this was ...
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Wormeus And The Multiple Stickotaurs

Here is the fifth maze in the Wormeus series. This time Wormeus is faced with multiple Stickotaurs and multiple Universes. Different universes are connected via … wait for it … drum roll ...
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A maze of placed faces

Twenty-nine images of famous people have been specifically selected and carefully placed so as to form a maze (below). However, two of the images - both of US Presidents - have been redacted (marked '...
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The maze one should not enter

Once upon a time, somewhere in Italy, two archaeologists unearthed a buried passage. As they explore the passage they reach the doorway which is clearly the entrance of a wide structure behind. They ...
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Wormeus and the Stickotaur (Maze 4)

Here is the fourth maze in the Wormeus series. The rules are explained in previous puzzles: link, link, link. This maze is based on one of the advanced levels in Theseus Plus for iOS (left image). ...
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Wormeus and the Stickotaur (maze 3)

This is the third maze in the Wormeus series. Previous puzzles are here and here This shouldn’t be too difficult but contains a cute gimmick that isn’t possible in the original Theseus mazes sans the ...
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Wormeus and the Stickotaur (maze 2)

Here is another Wormeus maze, following a previous puzzle that is yet to go viral. Wormeus has to eat all the apples without dying a horrible squishy death at the hands of the Pink Lady Stickotaur. I ...
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Wormeus and the Pink Lady Stickotaur

Wormeus lives in a labyrinth containing lots of apples. His main ambition in life is to eat as many apples as possible but his nemesis, the evil Pink Lady Stickotaur, has other ideas – if you pardon ...
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Can I have a 'P' please, Bob?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #51: Non-rectangular grids. For the avoidance of doubt, while the puzzle set-up is based on a real quiz show, the exact scenario described here is entirely ...
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Escape the bunker!

You wake up and found yourself in a room. There is a sign: You are now in a bunker. There are thirty-six rooms in this bunker. There is a number in each room. For every room, you can go to another ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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The Maze of Hermes

An entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" THE QUEST I have been running a role-playing game, in which my friend plays a halfling named Ptolic. Recently, Ptolic ...
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Person trapped in a maze with connected and disconnected walls

A person is trapped in the center of a labyrinth, which has an exit and walls disconnected. Before going into despair she thinks of a way to find the output. For this she decides to keep her left hand ...
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Graylocke's Rotting Marble Box

So Graylocke Inc. (the previously hidden competitor to Retudin's Mazes Inc. mentioned here) has produced a new product just in time for the holiday season. We present to you Graylocke's Rotting ...
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Holiday Madness: Draw a line through all the gifts

Can you collect all the gifts? The rules: Start from the star At each intersection are arrows. You can only move through the intersection in accordance with the direction of the arrow. (e.g If you ...
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Strategy for solving a 3D maze

Given enough time, you can solve a large 2D maze by simply following a wall. Is there any similar strategy for solving a 3D maze that can be used (no marking/memorizing places you've seen in the maze ...
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Follow Suit Maze

This is not my puzzle, but I really wanted to share it. You can solve it interactively here. In this maze you jump horizontally or vertically to a new square (not necessarily adjacent) with the ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #7 - Maze

This is the seventh Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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How can this three dimensional ball maze be solved?

You have to manually move the ball around; holes join sides and front-and-back, and as far I can tell you get blocked in the back. [![Side Left side joins Right of Start][7]][7] My son is trying ...
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Jail-Maze Crescendo: On charting a dot-path home

You wake up and find yourself lying on a cold, stone floor. Every part of you aches after your fall through the trapdoor. Ahead of you stands a wooden door, beyond which lies the labyrinth. Your ...
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A Bomber Maze™™™

To help you solve the maze, you are given 3 bombs. A bomb can be used to destroy one wall in the maze. Your goal is to get from the start to the finish, with the help of your bombs. There is only one ...
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A torus maze™™™™™

Since this is a torus maze, the left side of the maze connects to the right side and the top of the maze connects to the bottom. Corresponding openings in the walls of the maze have been labeled for ...
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An insensible hexagon

The puzzle is (almost) self-contained in the grid above. You can "move" from a tile of the grid to another if they share at least a vertex. After the maze is complete six things will clue to ...
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4 page maze ft. portals!

I found a large 4-page maze that I made a while back. Made entirely with pen and grid paper. Here's a digitally scanned and cleaned-up version Your goal is to find a path from the start to the ...
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A maze, a statue, and a riddle

Hints at bottom John and Jeffrey had been friends for a long time. After meeting at Fort Bragg and serving in the military in the 60's, they had always remained close, even living in the same town ...
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Who will reach first? [closed]

Source: GPUZZLES Who will reach first?
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A mouse and a maze on a n x n grid

I went back in an old Flash game and was intrigued by this problem. Rules There is an $n\times n$ grid and a mouse entering on the entrance cell and exiting on the exit cell. The entrance ...
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What a Freeway Interchange

There are six stalled cars on this complicated freeway interchange. What is the maximum number of cars you can avoid, while entering and exiting the freeway where indicated by arrows? Note: No ...
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What is the minimum count of steps required to complete this dominoes maze?

Here's a map: How to play Legend: (◾) = Start point ★ = Objective ⚑ = End point Mission: ...
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Algorithm for creating a "Dot" logic maze

I've been looking at Robert Abbott's logic mazes, in particular his Dot maze, and I'm trying to understand how they can be constructed so I can write an algorithm to do this automatically for ...
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The Beehive Clock Maze Puzzle

Here is an example of a maze I'm calling the beehive clock maze: Rules. Let's call the hexes TL, TR, L, M, R, BL, and BR (for top-left, top-right, etc). You start outside and to the left and step ...
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Eat all the circles MAZE

I made this maze-puzzle for my students. The goal is to draw a line through all of the circles. The rules: Start from the star At each intersection are arrows. You can only move through the ...
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What is the minimum count of steps required to complete this maze correctly?

Here's a map: How to play Legend: B = Boost X = Objective (•) = Start point Mission: ...
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Gliding through an ice-maze

Two men are trapped in an icy cave. Nowhere to go, except for two small holes in the ice, heading down. Only by working together, they can get deeper into the cave, hopefully finding a way out. Will ...
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