Not all of us are prepared for the arrival of fall, but I welcome any indication of the end of the violent storms and sweltering heat. One such sign? A few trees are beginning to shed their leaves here in Michigan. Absent any other media interested in covering the event, I worked it into a puzzle for today's Wednesday Wordplay segment at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Good luck!
By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, change LEAF into DOWN in the fewest possible steps.
L E A F _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ D O W N
Here is one 5-step SOLUTION.
A 5-STEP SOLUTION:
L E A F
L O A F
L O A N
M O A N
M O W N
D O W N
Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free share your solution with us in the comments below. Tomorrow: Think Thursday.