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The goal of each mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge is to get your noggin active. This week's Wednesday Wordplay puzzle is a word ladder with just that in mind. Here you go:

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

B R A I N
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T H I N K

Here is a 7-step SOLUTION.

A 7-STEP SOLUTION:

B R A I N
T R A I N
T R A I T
T R A C T
T R A C K
T R I C K
T H I C K
T H I N K

Did you come up with a different sequence of words (shorter, longer, or the same length)? Feel free to share your solution with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!

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Everyone could use a better night's rest. The CDC says that only 66 percent of American adults get as much sleep as they should, so if you're spending plenty of time in bed but mostly tossing and turning (or trying to block out your partner's snores), it may be time to smarten up your sleep accessories. As TechCrunch reports, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow improves your sleeping schedule in a multitude of ways, whether you're looking to quiet your snores or need a soothing lullaby to rock you to sleep.

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[h/t TechCrunch]

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