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You will be given a 2-dimensional grid of letters. Find the length of the longest path of consecutive letters, starting at 'A'. Paths can step from one letter in the grid to any adjacent letter (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).

For example, in the following grid, there are several paths from 'A' to 'D', but none from 'A' to 'E':


One such path is:



Each test case will start with a line contains two integers H, W the height and width of the grid respectively 1 <= H, W <= 50. Then H lines follow each of W uppercase letters only. Input terminates with H = 0 and W = 0.


For each test case print “Case C: X” without quotes where C is the case number starting with 1 and X is the solution.


Sample Input:
4 3
0 0

Sample Output:
Case 1: 4

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Rajat (1307086): 2015-02-18 23:34:17

how wasi added an image.....anyone please tell.

re(vamsi): html

Last edit: 2015-02-19 12:46:28
vedsar: 2015-02-08 07:41:57

is there any space between any two lines?
It looks from testcase.
But input format stmt says, no.
Please clarify..

Ankit Sultana: 2015-01-02 18:44:23

Sometimes the difference between TLE and AC is just an ampersand

ওয়াসী (Wasi): 2014-01-16 11:03:37

@Hasil Sharma initial image

Hasil Sharma: 2014-01-16 08:57:50

Initial image is missing ... Can anyone please provide the link ?

Ouditchya Sinha: 2013-06-08 11:20:08

Nice problem. :)

god_father: 2013-01-26 09:47:13

nice carefull about visited paths it caused me 2 TLE;

cegprakash: 2011-11-15 05:46:57

is A to B, B to C, C to B, B to C, C to D is a valid path?

edited by Ali: No! the path must involve the letter once , the letters should be consecutive and the path starts with 'A'

Last edit: 2011-11-16 23:12:37
Ali Arous: 2011-11-06 09:35:49

No, the Longest path is from "A" to "Z"

[Retired] Fendy Kosnatha: 2011-11-06 04:22:22

if after 'Z' can be back to 'A'??

Added by:Ali Arous
Time limit:1s
Source limit:50000B
Memory limit:1536MB
Cluster: Cube (Intel G860)
Languages:All except: ASM64
Resource:FCIS Local Contest 2012