Can you solve the Word Ladder in today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game  Wednesday Wordplay challenge in five 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 HEAT into COOK in the fewest possible steps.

H E A T
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
C O O K

Here is a 5-step SOLUTION.

A 5-STEP SOLUTION:

H E A T
B E A T
B O 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)? Please share it with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!