Our neighbor's dog barks in rapid succession, usually nine "yips" before she's done. Hence, this week's Wednesday Word Ladder. Good luck!

By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, change NINE into BARK in the fewest possible steps.

N I N E
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B A R K

Here is one 5-step SOLUTION.

A 5-STEP SOLUTION:

N I N E
N O N E
B O N E
B O N K
B A N K
B A R K

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free to add it to the comments below.