Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a word ladder. Good luck!

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

T H U M B
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
B E N D S

Here is one 8-step SOLUTION.

AN 8-STEP SOLUTION:

T H U M B
T H U M P
T R U M P
T R A M P
T R A M S
T E A M S
B E A M S
B E A D S
B E N D S

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free to share your solution with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!