September 15th, 2005

fuzzy sweatpants

Where are the cows?

The best maze ever is apparently online!

"Where Are the Cows?" was first published in Scientific American in 1996 as probably the only self-referential flowchart word maze in existence. I fell in love with it, and I think I even solved it. (Can't remember for sure.)

I went looking for it again about 4 years ago, and found it in a book called SuperMazes, by the maze's author, Robert Abbott. To my surprise, he said that this maze "may be too difficult for anyone to solve", making me really wish I could remember for sure if I solved it the first time around.

Just now I went looking for it online, to see if I could share it, and I found a copy. (Logically the same, as far as I can see, but a bit shabbier presentation-wise.) I present it to all of you.

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I'm interested in what y'all think of the maze, because I think it's a great judge of what sort of intellectual exercise you enjoy or don't enjoy. Also please tell me if you attempt it, solve it, diagram it, can't even figure out how to move, or whatever. (And I might even give hints.)

Oh, and my second-favorite maze from SuperMazes is online and Javafied! Check out