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Brain Game: Sssssmokin'!

While my parents never smoked - and I gave up the habit 15 years ago - both my grandfathers enjoyed their tobacco. One loved cigars, while the other enjoyed his pipe. It's the latter technique that appears in today's Wednesday Wordplay segment at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Good luck!

By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, change PUFF into PIPE in the fewest possible steps.

P U F F
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P I P E

Here is one 5-step SOLUTION.

A 5-STEP SOLUTION:

P U F F
R U F F
R I F F
R I F E
R I P E
P I P E

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Please share it with us in the comments below. Thanks!

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