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Solution to: Sneaking Spider

The shortest path between two points in a plane is a straight line. Since the spider moves via the sides of the room only, we can "unfold" the room to make it a plane, as follows:

Solution
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The shortest path between the spider and the fly is the straight line AC. Since AB has a length of 1.5+3+1.5 = 6 meters and BC has a length of 0.25+7.5+0.25 = 8 meters, AC has a length of 10 meters.



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