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Deep in a maze on the island of Crete lived the Minotaur: half man, half bull, and most fearsome mythical monster. Enter young Theseus, the greatest of the Greek heroes who vowed to enter the maze and slay the beast. But first he fell in love with the fair Ariadne who had brains to match Theseus' strength. She provided Theseus with a simple tool: a silk thread to unwind so that he would never be lost in the maze. The idea worked great, the Minotaur was killed, and Theseus and Ariadne lived happily ever after (well, sort of).

You might not have as much at stake in solving these mazes as Theseus, but the idea is roughly the same. And, like Theseus, you can use Ariadne's technique to keep from getting hopelessly lost in a maze. Just substitute a pencil line for the silk thread. When you come upon a dead end, retrace your way back to where you made a choice of paths and take the alternative route. When you first come to a decision point, mark it with an X to make the retracing easier. Eventually you will find your way through any of these mazes. All shapes and sizes of mazes await you here. Some of them can be solved quickly, while others will demand more concentration. So go ahead, immerse yourself and get lost in these mazes. But remember: never give up if you find yourself at a dead end or the Minotaur might get you!

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