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Corn mazes reflect well on children’s abilities, but not on adults’

Fortunately, there have been no reports this year of 911 calls from people stuck in corn mazes of America — unlike last year, when a family got lost amid the husks at Connors Farm in Danvers. Still, it’s fascinating to consider who best handles the pressure of these life-sized puzzles, which have become fall fixtures in farm country. Brett Herbst, the nation’s top designer of mazes, told The New York Times last week that people who are comfortable in the countryside don’t mind spending more than an hour in mazes, while mazes closer to urban areas attract visitors whose sense of comfort gives way to claustrophobia after “probably 20 minutes.”

Yet the real divide may not be geographic; it’s generational.

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