A twist on the word-ladder type of puzzle:
Reach from "bottom" to "top", following these rules at each step:
- You can change a letter, remove a letter or add a letter at each move.
- The changed letter can change its place in the word. For example, if I want to change the second "e" in the word "there", I can change it to "i" and move it before the "r" of the word to make the word "their".
- No other letters in the word can change their order (unless you reverse their order). For example, "order" can be changed into "redo" in one step by removing the second letter and reversing the order of the others. However, you cannot change it into "rodeo" in one step, as it would require changing the order of the letters.
The smallest "ladder" will be accepted as an answer.
PS. To avoid controversial issues regarding whether something is a word or is not a word, the word must appear in the uncensored Mammoth word list on Litscape.
Neither "mott", nor "moto" appear in this list. Proper names are not allowed.