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"bees" -> "hive" in 5 letter changes or fewer

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TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

Based on ThatOneNerdyBoy's answer, here's a 9-step solution in which all words are contained within MW
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35 votes
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As easy as Three, Two, One... How fast can you go from Five to Four?

Just signed up to share some of the solutions (3 of them) I was able to come up with in 6 steps: OH MAN! After a lot of searching I was able to do it in 5 steps (5 solutions): I confirmed the words ...
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Turn Lead into GOLD

Three steps/Four words:
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31 votes
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The cat exchanges places with a drawing of the cat

I think this fits the criteria:
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Take BOSS to a SHOW, but quickly

First, you need to How do you get from that to "SHOW" by changing only one letter? Simple: Easy!
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Change Four to Nine in fewest steps

5 Steps Definition of special words
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TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

Here it is in 10 steps, at least
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The world's smallest square maze?

Let's number the rooms 1-4, starting from the top left and going clockwise. Completed word chain: Solve path: Sneaky pitfall to avoid:
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Fastest way from 8 to 7

Six steps - Shameless use of Old English with Wiktionary support: Ten steps - If you insist on using Modern English, here is a shortened one highly based on @Gareth's:
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"bees" -> "hive" in 5 letter changes or fewer

I find five solutions using only words in SOWPODS 2019, of which one has already been posted: Of these, I expect the third to be the most popular with the Stack Exchange crowd...
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Want to go from MANILA to UGANDA

My solution is longer than Alconja's, but has a more orthodox spelling ;-) Formating courtesy of Jonathan Allen. Apparently my bold face letters made no sense to anyone but me. Story of my life...
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Fastest way from 8 to 7

Here's my 8-step solution: (I don't know if SINHS - plural for SINH ("hyperbolic sine function") is an accepted word)
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The world's smallest square maze?

The full word ladder is The emojis in the maze represent the words:
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15 votes
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Changing WATER to STEAM

Here's one list of 10 words Here are some definitions/examples for some of the words.
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Fastest way from 10 to 1 with everyone in between

Here's one way. It probably isn't close to optimal. 42 steps if I've counted right. Credit where due: the path from EIGHT to SEVEN is derived from Hunter's answer to an earlier puzzle, though not ...
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TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

Here is a possible 9 step:
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As easy as Three, Two, One... How fast can you go from Five to Four?

I guess I am just not very good at these puzzles... the solution I found is 3,001 steps long without repeating any words.
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Words with Alchemists

Here's the first one with Here's the second one with Here's the third one with No idea if these are optimal though
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Fastest way from 10 to 1 with everyone in between

Best solution so far: 38 steps 9-7 from @Gareth, and sien from @devyndraen thanks!
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Fastest way from 10 to 1 with everyone in between

This is a proof that Omega Krypton's answer of 38 is optimal, as long as these words are nonexistent (single implication): EEVEN,EINE,ENINE,FIUR,FIVR,FOVE,NIGE,NINH,OWO,,SEGEN,SEVET,SEVHN,SIVEN,TNO,...
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"bees" -> "hive" in 5 letter changes or fewer

With at least one obscure word:
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12 votes
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"phone" into "cord"? (word ladder)

A five-step solution, using only common English words:
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12 votes
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Life, uh, Finds a Way

You can turn Life into Shit in 6 steps: or or This is the optimal solution. Why 6 steps? My thinking solution:
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11 votes

Turn Lead into GOLD

Five steps: Four steps: @n_palum's solution in three steps: This is optimal because
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11 votes
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Word Ladders go to the movies

The connection between all movies is, ... Now we can fill the ladder (probably one of several possible solutions): Alternative solution ...
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As easy as Three, Two, One... How fast can you go from Five to Four?

In this answer I will show that five steps is the minimum number required (from the answer by @JoãoBravo). Suppose by contradiction that there are four. Then the sequence will be of the form F i v e,...
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11 votes
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Don't look back, crazy clown

Amazing puzzle! Found a solution after a couple of hours of hunting (I hope that all the words I used are allowed in this puzzle)
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11 votes

TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

If deletions and insertions are allowed, it is possible in 7 steps:
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10 votes
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A chain of words

This sequence seems to fit
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