This is a pretty common game, where you must change one letter at a time from a word to get to another word. My dad created an algorithm to find some of the hardest of these puzzles.


  • You can only change one letter at a time
  • After each letter change the resulting letters must be a word
  • An additional challenge is to get there with 17 or under steps


From Break to Trend:

Break - Bread - Tread - Trend

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  • $\begingroup$ Partial answers are encouraged! $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 21 '16 at 23:26

Here's one way... and for those who don't want to see the spoiler it's less than 17 words

axle ayle syle sile size sizz tizz

Incidentally, I think it's more interesting to go from BLACK to WHITE, say (and in far fewer moves - say 7 or 'less').

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    $\begingroup$ Tizz/Tizzy is a word. A noun actually: oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/tizzy $\endgroup$ – stackErr Jun 21 '16 at 23:58
  • $\begingroup$ Fair enough. getting myself all in a tizz for no reason, $\endgroup$ – Strawberry Jun 22 '16 at 0:01
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I was having a lot of trouble solving this one. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 22 '16 at 0:38

Strawberry’s solution contains a lot of words I’ve never heard of. I made my own, but it’s a lot longer:

axle able ably ally alls alms aims dims dime dame fame fume fuze fuzz fizz tizz

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Using TWL06 (which doesn't contain "tizz") the best I could do is

axle able ably ally alls ails fils file rile rale raze razz jazz jizz tizz

14 steps.

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