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Can you solve the Word Ladder in today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge in six steps or fewer? Prove it!

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

N I C E R
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_ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
S I Z E S

Here is one 6-step SOLUTION. 
ONE 6-STEP SOLUTION:

N I C E R
D I C E R
D I C E S
R I C E S
R I D E S
S I D E S
S I Z E S
Did you come up with an alternate sequence of words (longer, shorter, or the same length)? Feel free to share them in the comments below, and thanks for playing!