# Thread: Little maze puzzle

1. ## Little maze puzzle

This arrived on real estate junkmail three years ago and has been sitting on my desk ever since. Now and then I have picked it up, attempted to solve it and failed, and although no closing date was specified on the accompanying competition I think it is probably too late to email in for the stingy prize of "go into the draw for a double Gold Pass to the movies!"

Anyway having strongly suspected the problem was incorrectly worded or just wrong, I was very surprised when I looked at it tonight and finally solved it.

Hope the board is clear enough - it is 8x8.

The accompanying text was as follows:

The Rabbit (I feel like one of those for not solving this within 15 minutes - KB)

A rabbit starts in square 'S' and ends in square 'E'.
He moves either horizontally or vertically in each move.
He starts by moving 2 squares in each of his moves, but when he lands on a '*' square, he changes the number of squares he moves from 2 to 3, or vice versa. He cannot step on or pass through the black squares and he has only 8 moves in which to complete his task.

Just to be completely clear, knight moves, or moves of one square horizontally and one vertically, are not allowed otherwise the problem is far too easy. Each move must be entirely horizontal or entirely vertical.

I would like to see how many Chesschatters can solve this and how quickly! If you have a solution please PM or email me. Please do not post solutions to the thread (or if you have no other way of sending them to me, post them in white and immediately delete them). Any solutions or spoilers posted to the thread will be deleted.

2. Correct solutions (and all the same one that I got) have been received from (all of whom apparently took minutes rather than years) in order of arrival:

pappubahry
Rincewind
Igor_Goldenberg

These all arrived within about half an hour of each other between 10 and 11.

[edit: Garrett has now solved it too.]

3. Scott Colliver (Status Unknown) is number five on the solver list.

Anyone who is really bored may enjoy finding solutions in nine moves.

4. Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham

Anyone who is really bored may enjoy finding solutions in nine moves.
the solution in nine moves -or one of them- is very similar to my first -incorrect- solution !

Nice little puzzle anyway, thanks for sharing !

5. All quiet on the solvers front now so I will post solutions in white for eight and nine moves. If you wish to comment on the solutions please do so in white to avoid spoilers for those who are still thinking about it:

Eight moves -

a8-a6-a4*-a7!-d7-d4*-f4-h4*-h1

Nine moves -

a8-c8-e8*-e5*-e7!-e5*-h5-h2*-h4*-h1

e7 could also be e3 or g5.

6. Nice puzzle.

Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
Scott Colliver (Status Unknown) is number five on the solver list.
Haha, seems Scott Colliver found a loophole in his promise never to return, maybe reading Chesschat posts while not logged on does not count!

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