Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a more-difficult-than-most word ladder. Good luck:

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

H A N D S
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
G L O V E

Here is a 9-step SOLUTION.

A 9-STEP SOLUTION:

H A N D S
B A N D S
B E N D S
B E A D S
B R A D S
G R A D S
G R A D E
G R A V E
G R O V E
G L O V E

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free to share your solution with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!