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Brain Game: 10th Grade

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My second year of high school began in 1981. (Was that 29 years ago? Sheesh.) In English class, on the very first day, the teacher made a point to inform us that "sophomore" was based on a Greek word meaning "wise fool." Looking back - and with no offense to anyone going through it now - the term was all too appropriate for me and my peers at that age.

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

F O O L _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ W I S E

Here is a six-step SOLUTION.

A FIVE-STEP SOLUTION:

FOOL > POOL > POLL > PILL > WILL > WILE > WISE

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free to share it by commenting below.

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