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Inspired by the increase of word ladders lately I found a fun one.

Transform the color BLUE into PINK.

No proper names.

Can be 6-7 steps. Easiest in 8-10.

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  • $\begingroup$ 6-7 steps!? This is going to take more than that. $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 21 '17 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ Totally possible in 6-7.. You may have to get creative or expand beyond a basic US dictionary.. If you stay stricter, it'll take upwards of 10 $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 21 '17 at 19:31
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    $\begingroup$ I'm waiting for the first lateral (or ladder-al) answer that tries to change #0000FF into #FFC0CB. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Mar 21 '17 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ You can do it in five steps, because the low digit of green is already correct. Unless you require that all intermediate colours be valid named HTML colours, too. In that case, good luck! $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Mar 21 '17 at 20:01
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    $\begingroup$ @n_palum if we count 'Bink' I can get it down to 7. $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Mar 21 '17 at 20:14
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6 Steps

Blue - Flue - Flus - Plus - Pius - Pins - Pink

Okay, the above had problems as reported by others so I came up with other options with a few scribble word dictionary while some from Merriam.

6 Steps

Blue - Blur - Baur - Bauk - Bank - Bink - Pink

7 Steps

Blue - Blae - Blat - Plat - Peat - Pent - Pint - Pink
Blue - Flue - Flus - Feus - Fens - Fins - Fink - Pink
Blue - Blae - Blat - Beat - Bent - Bint - Pint - Pink
Blue - Flue - Flus - Feus - Fens - Pens - Pins - Pink
Blue - Flue - Flus - Feus - Fens - Fins - Pins - Pink

8 Steps

Blue - Flue - Flee - Fled - Feed - Fend - Find - Fink - Pink

9 Steps

Blue - Glue - Glut - Gout - Pout - Port - Part - Pant - Pint - Pink

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    $\begingroup$ uhh.... I think you might have skipped something. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Mar 21 '17 at 19:36
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    $\begingroup$ Pius -> Pink? Thats two changes. You can fix with 'pins' though $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Mar 21 '17 at 19:38
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    $\begingroup$ No, "pious" means saint. "Pius" (as listed in the link you provided) is a proper name (as listed in the link you provided). $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Mar 21 '17 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Techidiot Literally every single definition on the page you linked is for a proper name. I don't understand how that's a "matter of how you treat it". $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Mar 21 '17 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Techidiot If one were to treat 'pius' as a noun, then we'd be referring to the latin word, which of course is not English $\endgroup$ – Rob Mar 22 '17 at 0:51
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7 Steps:

BLUE FLUE FLUS PLUS POUS PONS PINS PINK
A pous is a Greek unit of measurement.
The pons is part of the brain stem.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not really sure why my spoiler formatting isn't working. :( Please send help. $\endgroup$ – line_read_line Mar 21 '17 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling Stack Exchange! I can explain what I did, but you can inspect the changes yourself by clicking edit. Spoilers can be tricky to format - you need two spaces at the end to create new lines. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Mar 21 '17 at 20:24
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So, shortest, or longest answer wins? (65)

blue
clue
club
chub - A species to fresh-water fish of the Cyprinidae or Carp family
chum - A roommate
cham - To chew
sham
spam
spar
soar
boar
bear
pear
peak
peck
pack
park
dark
dank - Damp; moist; humid; wet
dang - imp. of Ding
ding
ping
ring
rink - An artificial sheet of ice
rank
rang - imp. of Ring
pang - paroxysm of extreme pain or anguish; to torture
pung - A kind of plain sleigh drawn by one horse
punt
pint
pine
pike
like
lime
limb
lamb
jamb
jams
gams
gaps
gads
gods
goas
goat
gout
glut
glum
grum
gram
gray
tray
tram
team
teal
seal
sear
seer
seek
peek - To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed
peak
peck
pick
puck
punk
pink

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  • $\begingroup$ Uhhh I was looking for shortest.. But +1 for the lengthy one $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 22 '17 at 11:56
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Here's a 10-step.

BLUE, GLUE, GLUM, SLUM, SLIM, SLID, SAID, SAND, SANK, SINK, PINK

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8 steps:

BLUE, FLUE, FLEE, FLED, FEED, FEND, FIND, FINK, PINK

7, if we count 'bink':

BLUE, BLUB, BLOB, BOOB, BOOK, BONK, BINK, PINK

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  • $\begingroup$ Fink is certainly a fun one.. nice $\endgroup$ – n_plum Mar 21 '17 at 19:43

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