Jan. 13th, 2013 -
- White Raven
It all starts making sense at about 3 AM amidst frantically drawn loopy maps, fragments of rebuses and the fact that there’s just something *wrong* with the stick figure in the basement. That’s when you stare blearily at the page and say, “We’ve been blind, we’ve been blind the whole time,” and start babbling conspiracy theories. - M. Glenn
More important than its puzzle is the book’s legacy. Without a doubt, the book left a lasting inspiration to many, stoking a hunger to try solving more baroque and beautiful puzzles, even if that means having to create them first. You can see echoes of Maze in art-heavy digital adventures such as Myst. - Jason McIntosh
Even if you solved the puzzle, there are still so many great anecdotes, underlying stories, amazingly illustrations, and you could probably spend the rest of your life personally interpreting (or misinterpreting) the meaning of the hundreds and hundreds of objects in those illustrations. - Anonymous
An old mansion, a mysterious guide, and a hidden riddle. Each page is a beautifully illustrated image of one room in the mansion. As you travel through the mansion, you suddenly notice funny things – the labyrinth seems to be turning in on itself. “Haven’t I been here before?” You are lost! Trapped! Muahahahaa!!!! - Anonymous
Welcome to the MAZE community where fans of Christopher Manson’s MAZE can come together to share ideas, hints, clues, tips, tricks, solutions, observations, etc. to the multitude of MAZE puzzles that have gone unsolved in the public sphere.
Be part of the solution to MAZE.
Welcome to the Abyss!
Hello all. New to the site but not to MAZE. Finally have some time on my hands to go through this book again! Hoping to offer whatever insight I can gather alongside everyone else.
That means I have yet to comment my thoughts on any of the room pages here, so apologies(?) in advance if I end up typing a lot in quick succession across the site. Right now I am just reading through the chat logs and partial solutions as to familiarize myself with what has already been said, and I will try not to repeat any of those ideas.
Looking forward to working with everyone!
This group is interested in puzzles with $10,000 prizes, right? Well, there’s a new one out. If you’re in the US you can enter The Puzzler Hunt (no purchase necessary) and compete to be the first to solve a series of puzzles inpsired by A.J. Jacobs’s new book THE PUZZLER. More info here:
thepuzzlerbook dot com
Sorry, we only like contests that are already over and were impossible to win.
This is a case of an old dog learning new tricks. I’ve never participated in any forums nor social interaction sites so I hope I do not violate proper procedures or etiquette.
My wife found a copy of the MAZE puzzle book in the charity resale shop where she volunteers and brought it to me since I enjoy solving logic puzzles. It is an interesting book and I set forth to determine the shortest path but ended up in room 24. I told my wife I was trapped and would never be seen again because there was no escape from the room of darkness. However, I awoke the next day to brightness and sunshine so I somehow escaped the dreaded room 24.
I had not written any notes about the path I took to room 24 but I should have, both as a learning diary and as a record of procedures for study and possible modification. I wrote notes for future forays into the maze. I completed the trip from room 1 to room 45 and back to room 1 in 15 steps. Having read the author’s comment of a 16 steps shortest path I rechecked my procedures and found each step proper and verifiable.
Here is the path: 1 – 41 – 35 – 33 – 17 – 45 – 23 – 8 – 12 – 39 – 4 – 15 – 30 – 5 – 20 – 1. I classify all steps which have specific instructions (room numbers) on the various room pages as “hard wired”. The step from room 33 to room 17 is a verifiable logic step and thus legitimate. (If a hard wired path exists from room 17 to room 33 then the reverse path from room 33 to room 17 exists.)
I endeavored to find a 16 steps path in and out of the maze and found one. Here it is: 1 – 41 – 35 – 33 – 17 – 45 – 17 – 33 – 3 – 9 – 18 – 13 – 25 – 34 – 10 – 41 – 1. Again, the room 33 to room 17 step is a logic step and the rest of the steps are hard wired.
On an ensuing trip through the maze I completed the “in to 45 and out to 1″ in 10 steps; 8 hard wired steps and 2 logic steps.
I read in this site of the 16 steps path which utilizes the hidden door in room 29 and apparently it is the path blessed by the author. I have a serious problem with the hidden door in room 29, it is not verifiable, hence a path between room 29 and room 17 is not verifiable and thus the path is not a legitimate solution. And what do you do with the possible hidden door in room 9?
This message is not an attack on anyone but it could serve as a further challenge for solutions. I’ve read some of the comments and my hat is off to those people with the knowledge and tenacity to solve the riddle (or should it be riddles?) generated by the book. I’ve not put much time nor energy into the riddle part and I probably will not but I see many possible riddles in room 45.
With paths shorter than 16 steps finding riddle solutions may become very difficult (or even impossible?) if limited to the “shortest path pages” for answers. I do not know how many paths shorter than 16 steps exist but I have determined that the shortest path into and out of the maze, via room 45 of course, can be completed in 6 steps. That path is verifiable.
You can only go to the room numbers indicated on the doors.
There’s a new book out called “Daedlian Depths” that may be of interest to Mazers. It’s by the same team that did “Codex Enigmatum” and its creator (Innovario/Rami Hansenne) says:
“The book is inspired by Christopher Manson’s “MAZE”, which has fascinated me since I was young. Daedalian Depths locks the reader into an otherworldly labyrinth wherein astute readers may recognize the myriad clues embedded in the text and enigmatic illustrations. Gather your wits, challenge your perceptive and deductive abilities, and try to escape! But make too many wrong choices and the maze may swallow you whole…”
(Sorry, that’s “*Daedalian* Depths.”)
Several of us have the book now. It’s like it was made specifically for this crowd. This is not a false alarm; if you reading this site, you should be reading this book.
typo notwithstanding, I speak with authority
Absolutely!! I didn’t know what to expect with a spiritual successor to Maze but it’s so true to form with beautifully illustrated and creative rooms and a bounty of new puzzles- the format is almost exactly the same as Maze and someone could tell me it was a sequel. Numbered doors, around 45 rooms… it’s crazy.
had a dream some popular creator on youtube made a video on maze, and this site got a ton of attention to the point where dozens of new people were commenting in short periods of time, it was chaos
Oh god, it’s like what happened to Petscop. I both pray that this does and that this does not happen.
The Guide’s GRUESOME SECRET??? We found the Maze IRL??? (Gone wrong)
Imagine a Let’s Play Maze series. And as per the convention of Let’s Plays of cryptic games, the titles would all be obvious pieces of lore that the player was completely shocked at uncovering.
Let’s Play MAZE #582 – THE GUIDE IS EVIL!
Let’s Play MAZE #583 – I CAN’T ESCAPE!