Players: Two - Also known as: Doublets

Each player chooses a word with the same number of letters. Both players then try to make a word ladder between the two words. The player with the shortest ladder wins.

### Description

A word ladder is a sequence of words in which only one letter changes at each step.

One player chooses a starting word, and the other player then chooses an ending word of the same length. Both players then try to find a word ladder between the two chosen words. The player with shortest ladder wins. If neither player can find a ladder the game is a draw.

### Example

For example, if one player chose WINE and the other player chose BEER a possible word ladder could be as follows:

### Variations

To make the game more exciting impose a time limit of five minutes.

For a more complicated variation of the game try Scrambled Word Ladders.

### History

Word Ladders were first popularised as Doublets by the mathematician Lewis Carroll, who wrote the popular children's books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass". They feature in many books of word puzzles.