Poker Word Ladders

[LL] “So there was actually a wait for the dentist at midnight?” Leroy the Lion wondered.

[RR] “Yep, poor guy’s tilted opponent got so mad that he flung a poker chip right at his face and knocked out part of his tooth.”

[LL] “A chip from a chip?”

[RR] “Better than a chip from a chair, I suppose.”

[LL] “This took me longer than I’ll admit, but I think this is the answer to the crossword puzzle:”

B
L
U
F
F
O
P
A
A
H
E
A
D
R
N
E
D
O
N
K
S

[RR] “Correct! The next section had these three poker word ladders:

  1. FOLD -> CALL (4 steps)
  2. TWO -> ACE (9 steps)
  3. PAIRS -> QUADS (11 steps)

Change exactly one letter on each rung to get from the first word to the second.”

[LL] “Oh, I know how these work. It was one of the puzzle types in the Page-A-Day Bananagrams calendar I got for Christmas a few years ago. What dictionary were they using?”

[RR] “I don’t know, but you only need to use common words, so it doesn’t matter.”1

{Answers next week…}

Footnotes:

  1. Shorter answers are possible for #2 and #3 if you break out your Scrabble-Fu.
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