Let's celebrate! I recently climbed out of the cellar of the Curious fantasy football league (I know you care), so we're celebrating by taking on a football-themed brainteaser. Get your pads on and tackle this one.
A Word Ladder is a puzzle where you start with a real word, then change one letter at a time to make new real words, to eventually end at a target word. For instance, you can change CAT to PIG like this:
CAT => PAT => PIT => PIG
Can you find the word ladder that changes FOOT to BALL?
Click below to see the answer:
There's really no other way to attack this than to jump right in and start tweaking letters.
Here are a couple 5-step answers:
- FOOT => FOOL => TOOL => TOLL => TALL => BALL
- FOOT => BOOT => BOLT => BELT => BELL => BALL
But there's more! Can you find a 4-step solution? I know of one and it uses a word I'd never heard before:
FOOT => BOOT => BOLT => BOLL => BALL
And what is a boll? Google tells me it's "the rounded seed capsule of plants such as cotton or flax". Well... who knew?