# Cartoonist Makes World's Largest Hand Drawn Maze--But He May Not Get into the Record Books

Joe Wos, a cartoonist, has long desired to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. As he neared his fortieth birthday, he formulated a specific record that he could set: the world's largest hand drawn maze. Wos approached Guinness with his idea:

Guinness accepted Mr. Wos's proposal on condition that it be 10 square meters, or 107.6 square feet, drawn by him alone, with witnesses—five people are witnessing and signing off at regular intervals—and that it be solvable.

It is this last requirement that is preventing Wos from completing the record. No one wants to take up the laborious task of solving the maze:

"Let's face it, it will be a pain," acknowledges Mr. Wos, who estimates the task at 30 to 40 hours. There is also a slim chance he has inadvertently sealed the winning path. "I'm 99.4% sure it can be solved," he says.

His 10-year old son is willing to try, but only for \$20 per hour.

Link -via Nag on the Lake | Photo: The Nation

I just realized that if the maze features overpasses/underpasses, then it would a little bit more complicated as you'd have to expand the maze into 3 dimensions (probably by examining each overpass individually), but the basic idea would be the same.
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Digitize the maze, and basically use the equivalent of MSPaint's flood fill tool on the image. That's how simple it would be to solve it.
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He should hook up with Randall Munroe and have it turned into an XKCD comic. It'll then be solved in no time at all
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