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It came to me recently, as it has done many times before, that Life presents itself to us like a particularly devious sort of maze: one wherein not only must we twist and turn on our ways, oft encountering blank endings and curs’d loopings back, but in which even the labyrinthine pathways themselves are hidden from us, such that we must feel out the walls blindly, stubbing our toes and bruising both body and soul.
These are the cheery musings that inspired the ænigma below.
I should like you to draw the pathways of a single connected maze along the lines of the grid [above]. Each path must connect two of the circles I’ve laid out; the number in each circle indicates how many paths must connect to that circle. The two circles connected by each path must contain different numbers.
So as to prevent the individual paths themselves from being tedious, each path may bend by 90 degrees at most once. Paths may not touch or cross one another.
Once you’ve completed your maze, you must walk it to find the final answer to my ænigma. Note that two of the circles have been shaded; walk the route from the upper such circle to the lower, never revisiting a circle. Whenever you come to a fork in that route, where more than one option would lead you to your goal, prefer to turn right or, failing that, to continue straight. At each circle, including the first, advance the letter written therein forward in the alphabet (wrapping around from Z to A if necessary) by the final digit in the sum of all of the numbers so far encountered. Those letters will reveal a clue to your final answer.
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