Kazuo Nomura, creator of the world's apparently most difficult maze, had been silent for over 30 years. But last November, a teaser arrived: Nomura was making another maze.
The story of the original Papa's Maze is one that sparks the imagination: a janitor working at a university, returned home every night to work on his pet project, drawing a maze. Seven years later, in 1983, the maze was finished. Nomura stashed it in his attic and forgot about it.
And there it resided, until his daughter discovered it nearly 30 years later: a sprawling, intricately detailed labyrinth on a sheet of A1 paper, resembling, perhaps, the world's most nightmarish subway map.
At that time, when his daughter asked if he would make another, he answered in the negative: "No. I've had enough of mazes."
But he obviously changed his mind. Called Papa's Maze 2.0, the new labyrinth took less time to complete than the first: two months, drawing a little bit every day. It is also designed a little differently from the original. Although both are -- in theory at least -- solvable, 2.0 is not quite as densely packed in its A1 size, with clearer, crisper lines for heightened legibility.
This may mean that it's easier to solve, but if you can manage either one...well, you could probably give Theseus a run for his money.