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Things are getting a bit puzzly...

Reveal the Ladder and solve the clues to form a Word Ladder.

Find the word that fits in the clue “???”.

One fake clue is here to ruin your day [laughs wickedly]

$\color{white}{\textsf{3}}$S$\color{white}{\textsf{1}}$N$\color{white}{\textsf{T}}$A$\color{white}{\textsf{a}}$K$\color{white}{\textsf{9}}$E$\color{white}{\textsf{6}}$S$\color{white}{\textsf{Z}}$

Note:

All words are of the same length and the altered letter in each round is different.

Hint:

All clues are given with the correct form/ tense as the intended answer

This puzzle is a part of Ooohh, it all makes sense now! :D

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't know word ladders. They're one letter different at each step? Does that include the three operations, ADD, REMOVE, CHANGE? (Yes I have the clues) $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Jun 28, 2019 at 2:40
  • $\begingroup$ @LeppyR64 I think it's "change" only, since the note says all words are the same length. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jun 28, 2019 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, missed that (how?) thanks @jafe $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Jun 28, 2019 at 2:54

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The word is LEAD.

LeppyR64 found the secret ladder using bit.ly\31Ta96Z.
SeaMonkey basically solved the ladder, but did not deal with the ??? And fake clue.

Given the comment that the fake clue does not lead to word, here is the ladder and explanation I arrived at:

BEEN - visited, travelled
BEAN - a pod of seeds
LEAN - with little fat
LEAD - ??? (the answer)
READ - study for a specialized qualification
ROAD - route
TOAD - unpleasant man
TOLD - gave them instructions or information

Fake clue = ask for permission or help

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  • $\begingroup$ fake clue means a clue that does not lead to a word, not one that leads to a wrong word. $\endgroup$ Jul 3, 2019 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ in other words no BEAD. keep it up! $\endgroup$ Jul 3, 2019 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Do I need to use all the words in the ladder? For example I can get from word #1 to word #5 in my answer already, if I can discard three words. $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Jul 3, 2019 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ yes, all including ??? and except one fake clue $\endgroup$ Jul 3, 2019 at 23:46
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    $\begingroup$ @seamonkey it followed the theme of the other answers in the metapuzzle $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Jul 5, 2019 at 14:07
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Partial Answer:

The fake clue is:

SNAKES - It's actually 3S1NTAaK9E6SZ

bit puzzly...

bit.ly\31Ta96Z

Clues:

"???" - This is the answer

LEAD

"a pod of seeds"

bean

"ask for permission or help"

seek? plea?

"gave them instructions or information"

load

"route"

road

"study for a specialised qualification"

?

"unpleasant man"

toad

"visited, travelled"

been

"with little fat"

lean

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  • $\begingroup$ I think the one you are missing is simply READ. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Jun 28, 2019 at 5:18
  • $\begingroup$ congrats on the steganography part! yet the fake clue is in the ladder. keep it up! $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2019 at 9:40
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To build on @LeppyR64's answer...

BEEN Visited, travelled.
BEAN A pod of seeds.
LEAN With little fat.
LEAD - Fake clue (Ask for permission or help).
READ Study for specialised qualification.
ROAD Route.
TOAD Unpleasant man.
TOLD Gave them instructions or information.

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  • $\begingroup$ which clue does each word refer to? $\endgroup$ Jul 2, 2019 at 23:19

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