By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BAND into PLAY in the fewest steps possible. Good luck!

B A N D
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P L A Y

Here is a six-step SOLUTION.

A SIX-STEP SOLUTION:

BAND > BEND > BEAD > BRAD > BRAY > PRAY > PLAY

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