Mazes: Torture or Teacher


Brain Games CoverThe puzzle I used in this post appears in the book titled, “Brain Games: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day.” The contributing writer for Brain Games is Holli Fort and the puzzle editor is Fraser Simpson. Brain Games is a trademark of Publications International, Ltd. Louis Weber, CEO of Publications International, allowed me to use the puzzle in this post. I chose to write this post because solving, and attempting to solve, a maze can be a fun way to strengthen attention, planning, decision-making, and spatial reasoning skills.


Can you find your way from the entrance to the exit of the following maze without cutting through, climbing over, or digging under any walls or other obstacles?

Featured Puzzle

 Traditional Maze from Brain Games


The puzzle designer will determine if a maze is easy, slightly challenging, or difficult to solve. A traditional maze, such as the one featured in this post, may be easier or more difficult to solve than another traditional maze or any of the following variations. In other words, a variation is not necessarily more difficult to solve than a traditional maze. Some of the following variations are included in the book mentioned throughout this post. I have seen the following variations:

  • Larger or smaller
  • Horizontal or vertical
  • Any shape imaginable
  • Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or theoretically both
  • Three-dimensional with folds

In electronic mazes and in some board games, the designer could:

  • Allow players to see only a portion of the maze at any given time.
  • Require players to gather or avoid items in the maze.


Click here to read another Beyond Injury post in the Torture or Teacher series.

Thanks to Wikipedia for providing the instructions I used in this post; Barnes & Nobel for stocking the book in which the puzzle appears; Amazon for providing a picture of the book cover; Publications International for publishing a book that includes several mazes, and allowing me to include the maze in this post; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.


    1. Nancy, today is your luck day. According to, there are approximately 11,100,000 websites that offer “free printable mazes.” I am fairly certain at least a few of the sites offer puzzles you would enjoy. Please let me know if I can help you find any puzzles. ~ Scott

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