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Stage: 3 and 4 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
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Visiting all the vertices


The figure shows a cube with sides of length $1$, on which all twelve face diagonals have been drawn - creating a network with $14$ vertices (the original eight corners, plus the six face centres) and $36$ edges (the original $12$ edges of the cube plus four extra edges on each face). What is the length of the shortest path along the edges of the network which passes through all $14$ vertices?


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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.