Congratulations to Lizzie and Ellen, wives of mentalfloss.com honchos Mangesh and Jason, both of whom had blessed events earlier this week. Unfortunately, "baby boy" won't work with this type of puzzle, so this one's for baby Katherine. Rest assured that little Henry will be incorporated into an upcoming Brain Game.
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BABY into GIRL in the fewest steps possible. Good luck!
B A B Y _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ G I R L
Here is a six-step SOLUTION.
A 6-STEP SOLUTION:
BABY > BABE > BALE > GALE > GALL > GILL > GIRL
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