Kara and I have been working on some animal trivia lately, which brought up the subject of those stinky striped "cats." Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a word ladder in that regard. Good luck!

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

S K U N K
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
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_ _ _ _ _
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S M E L L

Here is a 6-step SOLUTION.

A 6-STEP SOLUTION:

S K U N K
S K U L K
S K U L L
S K
I L L
S H I L L
S H E L L
S M E L L

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!