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31 March, 2013

An old-fashioned puzzle today, the recipe invented by Lewis Carroll in fact. He called them doublets, though we are more familiar with the label, word ladders.

Changing a letter per step, with no mixing needed, can you move from BROAD to SHEET in seven moves? (Upgrading the puzzle, can you go from FLASH to DRIVE in nine steps?)

And what other modern transitions can you offer?

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