Submitted for your approval, a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge. Enjoy!

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

T H A W
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_ _ _ _
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C O O K

Here is a 5-step SOLUTION.

A 5-STEP SOLUTION:

T H A W
T H A T
C H A T
C O A T
C O O T
C O O K

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!