Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a word ladder that celebrates the dawn of a brand new year. Let's hope it's a great one!

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

D A W N
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Y E A R

Here is a 6-step SOLUTION.

A 6-STEP SOLUTION:

D A W N
P A W N
P A W S
P E W S
P E A S
P E A R

Y E A R

Did you come up with a different sequence of words (shorter, longer, or the same length)? Feel free to share your solution with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!