Brain Game regulars know we offer word ladders from time to time. In those puzzles, you begin with one word, and form new words by changing one letter per turn (and leaving all others in their original positions). When you're done, you've arrived at a related word. Today's Word Ladder works the same way - taking you from FLESH to BONES - except we've offered clues to each answer running down the list for one of the possible solutions. Solve the clues to help you come up with the words that will fit in the blanks. Enjoy, and good luck!

1. F L E S H
2. _ _ _ _ _: Sometimes accompanies a womanly slap
3. _ _ _ _ _: Not soph
4. _ _ _ _ _: Something done at the mouth
5. _ _ _ _ _: Thin soup
6. _ _ _ _ _: Shirley, for one
7. _ _ _ _ _: They're made for walking
8. _ _ _ _ _: Chargers
9. _ _ _ _ _: tree trunks
10. B O N E S

Here is the SOLUTION.

THE SOLUTION:

FLESH > FRESH > FROSH > FROTH > BROTH > BOOTH > BOOTS > BOLTS > BOLES > BONES.

NOTES: "Frosh" is used collectively for freshmen (like "soph" is for sophomores). Shirley Booth was best known for her role as TV's Hazel. Nancy Sinatra scored a hit single with the song "These Boots are Made for Walking." The San Diego Chargers are nicknamed the "bolts" due to the lightning bolt emblem on their helmets.