The Word Ladder in today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is longer than usual (it took us nine steps). But hey, you weren't going to get any work done today anyway. Good luck:

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

G R E E N
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B E A N S

Here is a 9-step SOLUTION.

A 9-STEP SOLUTION:

G R E E N
G R E E D
T R E E D
T R E E S
T R I
E S
T R I M S
T R A M S
T E A M S
B E A M S
B E A N S

Did you come up with a different sequence of words (shorter, longer, or the same length)? Please share it with us in the comments below.

We'll return Monday with a new Brain Game. Thanks for playing!