Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is an early Halloween word ladder to get us in that "spooky" mood. Good luck:

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

B L O O D
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D R I P S

Here is an 8-step SOLUTION.

AN 8-STEP SOLUTION:

B L O O D
B L O N D
B L A N D
B R A N D
G R A N D
G R I N D
G R I N S
G R I P S
D R I P S

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