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

T O A S T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ J E L L Y

Here is a nine-step SOLUTION.

A 9-STEP SOLUTION:

TOAST > BOAST > BEAST > BEAUT *> BEAUS > BEATS > BELTS > BELLS > JELLS > JELLY

* It's a slang term, I know, but it appears in the dictionary.

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