Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is perhaps the longest Word Ladder puzzle we've ever published... but maybe you can solve it in fewer steps. Let's find out:

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

S T E E R
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B R A K E

Here is one 11-step SOLUTION.

AN 11-STEP SOLUTION:

S T E E R
S H E E R
C H E E R
C H E E K
C H E C K
C H I C K
T H I C K
T R I C K
T R A C K
T R A C E
B R A C E
B R A K E

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!