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Brain Game: Baby Girl
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is decidedly pink. Good luck! By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BABY into GIRL in the fewest possible steps. B A B Y _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ G I R L Here is a 6-step SOLUTION. A 6-STEP SOLUTION: B A B Y B A B E B A L E B A L L B I L L G I L L G I R L Did you come up with a different sequence of words (shorter,... READ ON
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Brain Game: Twenty Thirteen
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 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 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... READ ON
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Brain Game: Presenting
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a brand new word ladder. Since the words share the same first two letters, it looks easier than it is. Good luck! By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert GIVE into GIFT in the fewest possible steps. G I V E _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ G I F T Here is a 4-step SOLUTION. A 4-STEP SOLUTION: G I V E L I V E L I F E L I F T G I F T Did you... READ ON
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Brain Game: Yank!
I'm having a back tooth in my jaw pulled this morning (ouch!), and trips to the dentist have never been fun for me. Please think of me as you solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge. I made it a bit easier than most, so that you can focus on channeling all your pain-free healing power to me. Thanks, everyone! By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert PULLS into TOOTH in the fewest possible... READ ON
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Brain Game: Easy to Be Hard
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge brings with it a brand new word ladder. Enjoy! By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert EASY into HARD in the fewest possible steps. E A S Y _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ H A R D Here is a 5-step SOLUTION. A 5-STEP SOLUTION: E A S Y E A S E B A S E B A R E B A R D H A R D Did you come up with a different sequence of words (shorter,... READ ON
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Brain Game: We Thank You All
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is the final one this week, as we take a couple days off to give thanks for all we have. Even if you don't have the day off, take some time to thank those who really deserve it. You know who they are. By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BLESS into FOLKS in the fewest possible steps. B L E S S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _... READ ON
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Brain Game: Don't Fail Me Now
Remember the old kids' joke "Why can't a hand be 12 inches long? Because then it would be a foot!" Well, that chestnut was the inspiration for today's 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 HAND into FOOT in the fewest possible steps. H A N D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ F O O T Here is a 5-step SOLUTION. A 5-STEP SOLUTION: H A N D B... READ ON
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Brain Game: Boxes, Boxes Everywhere
Mentalfloss.com Brain Game regulars know that your humble research editors have been going through the harrowing process of moving into a new home, a feat which has involved us transporting not only our regular stuff, but also the sizable library of books that help us to do our jobs. Today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge reveals that we're nearly at the end of that long, long road, and no one's more happy about that than we are. Here's an easier-than-most word ladder to celebrate: By changing one letter... READ ON
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Brain Game: Water, Water Everywhere
The photograph of a crane dangling dangerously above Manhattan is one of the iconic images of the damage Hurricane Sandy caused along the East Coast. Today, we've worked those keywords into a new Word Ladder puzzle as today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge. Good luck: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert PHOTO into CRANE in the fewest possible steps. P H O T O _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _... READ ON
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Brain Game: Boy or Girl?
Enjoy a new Word Ladder puzzle as today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge. Good luck: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert PINK into BLUE in the fewest possible steps. P I N K _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ B L U E Here is an 8-step SOLUTION. AN 8-STEP SOLUTION: P I N K F I N K F I N D F E N D F E E D F L E D F L E E F L U E B L U E Did you... READ ON
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Brain Game: Prison Blues
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge celebrates the return of AMC's The Walking Dead series this past Sunday with the first episode of Season 3. Good luck: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BITTEN into WALKER in the fewest possible steps. B I T T E N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ W A L K E R Here is a 6-step SOLUTION. A 6-STEP SOLUTION: B... READ ON
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Brain Game: Redrum
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is an early Halloween word ladder to get us in that "spooky" mood. Good luck: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BLOOD into DRIPS in the fewest possible steps. B L O O D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ D R I P S Here is an 8-step SOLUTION. AN 8-STEP SOLUTION: B L O O D B L O N D B L A N D B R... READ ON
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Brain Game: Digging Clams
Here's hoping you'll dig today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert CLAMS into SHELL in the fewest possible steps. C L A M S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S H E L L Here is a 6-step SOLUTION. A 6-STEP SOLUTION: C L A M S S L A M S S H A M S S H A M E S H A L E S H A L L S H E L L Did you come up with a different... READ ON
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Brain Game: Naked Fingers?
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a more-difficult-than-most word ladder. Good luck: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert HANDS into GLOVE in the fewest possible steps. H A N D S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ G L O V E Here is a 9-step SOLUTION. A 9-STEP SOLUTION: H A N D S B A N D S B E N D S B E A D S B R A D... READ ON
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Brain Game: Raking Bad
Autumn is on the horizon, so here's a related word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert LEAF into FALL in the fewest possible steps. L E A F _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ F A L L Here is a 5-step SOLUTION. A 5-STEP SOLUTION: L E A F D E A F D E A L D E L L F E L L F A L L Did you come up with a different... READ ON
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Brain Game: Money Talks
Here's a new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert CASH into LOAN in the fewest possible steps. C A S H _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ L O A N Here is a 6-step SOLUTION. A 6-STEP SOLUTION: C A S H C A S T C O S T C O O T C O O N L O O N L O A N Did you come up with a different sequence of words?... READ ON

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