Hedge maze puzzle

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hedge maze puzzle
hedge maze puzzle

This is a tiny wooden puzzle that you took from one of the topiary golems in the Naughty Sorceress' hedge maze. It's... puzzling.

Type: usable
Cannot be traded or discarded
Quest Item

(In-game plural: hedge maze puzzles)
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Item number: 727
Description ID: 432887483
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Obtained From

Obsoleted Areas/Methods
The Hedge Maze
topiary golem

When Used

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The hedge puzzle currently looks like this:

[9x9 graphic]

Click one of the puzzle sections to rotate that section 90 degrees to the right.

33% of the time:
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Just as you rotate the puzzle piece, a Topiary Golem leaps out from behind a nearby bush and grabs the puzzle from you. It screeches, and dives back into the foliage.
Without any hedge maze puzzles in inventory:
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You don't have a hedge puzzle. You'll have to go back into the Sorceress' Courtyard to get another one.

Notes

  • Prior to 2015, this item was necessary to complete the Hedge Maze portion of the Naughty Sorceress Quest, which was replaced by a new Hedge Maze.
  • There are 4 layouts of the Hedge Maze, randomized each ascension.
  • Using the puzzle, and rotating a section, do not consume adventures.
  • With no mistakes, 10 section rotations must be done for each layout.
  • If you have the puzzle stolen from you (see below) as you complete the path to either the Hedge maze key or the Gate, you still have to fight a topiary golem next time you enter the Maze, even if you have completed everything but unlocking the Gate.
  • If you still have a puzzle in your inventory after you've defeated the Sorceress, you can still rotate it, and it can still get stolen by a topiary golem.
  • After NS13, the objectives are still the same but the puzzle changed. The entrance and exit have changed (watch the arrows) and the location of the hedge maze key shifted. The map is different per ascension. Once you get the hedge maze key, you complete the path but can't fight another topiary golem unless you have no puzzles left. While the squares rotate even if a puzzle is stolen, you still need another puzzle to see the maze path before the path will work.
  • Unusually for the Kingdom, the puzzle piece panels on the use screen are in color. Although drawn in black ink, they aren't actually in grayscale and have a faint brownish tinge to them.

References

  • The Hedge Maze puzzle bears a striking resemblance to a puzzle in Ultima Underworld 2, in which you manipulated a maze with various switches and levers to make a path to the key, and then again for a path to the door. It's probably not a direct reference.