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

S M O K E
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D R I N K

Here is a 9-step SOLUTION.

A NINE-STEP SOLUTION:

SMOKE > SPOKE > SPIKE > SPICE > SLICE > SLICK > SLINK > BLINK > BRINK > DRINK

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