DWITE Online Computer Programming Contest
December 2008
Problem 5
Now in 3D

Lets try to break out from the confines of the over-simplified 2D problems, and add some depth to the otherwise typical maze problems.

The input file DATA5.txt will contain 5 sets of data. Each set starts out with a single integer 2 <= n <= 5 followed by n*n lines, describing a cube space. Pound sign (#) for solid space; period (.) for free space; capital "A" (A) for start; capital "B" (B) for end.

The output file OUT5.txt will contain 5 lines -- each the shortest distance between A and B in the input maze.

The maze traversal is done only though free space, in any of the 6 directions. There are no diagonal movements.

Sample input explanation; first set: is a 2x2x2 empty cube, with A and B in two opposite corners. There are 6 different ways to get from A to B in 3 steps. There are also 3 different ways to get from A to B in 7 steps (without backtracking), but since we are looking for the shortest distance, the latter is of less interest.

Sample input explanation; second set: is also a 2x2x2 cube, but filled space forces only a single path to be available. Think of the path this way, starting at A: right, up one layer, down. Also 3 steps.

Sample input explanation; third set: is a 3x3x3 cube. A and B are on empty layers, but they are separated by a mostly filled layer, with a single opening in it's "bottom-right" corner.

Sample Input (first 3 of 5 shown):
2
A.
..
..
.B
2
A.
##
#.
#B
3
A..
...
...
###
###
##.
B..
...
...

Sample Output (first 3 of 5 shown):
3
3
10