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Life is like a giant maze with decisions sending us down different paths that often lead to unpredictable destinations. No wonder mazes have fascinated humanity for millennia in many different cultures. Like other games and puzzles, mazes allow us to experiment in a controlled world where it is fun to get lost when we know we can find our way out.

One of the most famous mazes is found in Greek mythology. Legend has it that the fearsome Minotaur lived in a maze on the island of Crete. This monster was half man, half bull, and a good reason for most people to try to exit the maze as quickly as possible. Enter the young and fearless Theseus who was among the greatest of all the Greek heroes. He vowed to enter the maze and slay the Minotaur. But first Theseus fell in love with the fair Ariadne who fortunately had the brains to match his brawn. She provided him with a simple tool: a silk thread to unwind so that he would never be lost in the maze. The idea worked great! Theseus killed the Minotaur and, thanks to Ariadne, found his way out of the maze. Unfortunately Theseus and Ariadne did not live happily ever after, but that is the way of Greek mythology.

You might not have as much at stake in solving these mazes as Theseus, but you can use Ariadne's technique to keep from getting lost. Of course, you will be using a pencil line instead of a silk thread. Whenever you come to a dead end, retrace your way back to a fork in the path and take the alternative route. Like Theseus, you can use this method to find your way through any of the mazes before the Minotaur gets you!

All shapes and sizes of mazes await you here. Some of them can be solved quickly, while others will demand more concentration. You might want to time yourself to see how rapidly you can solve a maze. Or just wander through a maze slowly as a relaxing diversion. Some doctors recommend this kind of puzzle solving to keep their patients' brains young. So go ahead, immerse yourself and get lost in these mazes!

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