Coffee Break: Broken (Word) Ladder

Otis

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The images below suggest nine 4-letter words. A tenth image (word) is missing. Arrange the words to build a 10-step ladder such that two adjacent letters change from step to step. The top step is the amphibian. Determine the position of the missing step and insert a famous name, to repair the ladder.

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ksdhart2

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I've been enjoying this puzzle, because it's really making me work for it. I think if I could just figure out what that squid-monster-looking-thing in the lower-right corner is, I'd be set. Here's what I have so far:

  • FROG -> FLAG
  • FLAG -> ????
  • DOVE -> FIVE
  • FIVE -> FISH
  • FISH -> BUSH
  • BUSH -> ????
 

Dr.Peterson

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It's a really nice challenge.

Here's my answer:

FROG
FLAG
FL
EA
AREA
AR
CH
BACH
BUSH
FISH
FI
VE
DOVE

Clue for ksdhart2: give your squid an exoskeleton!
 

Harry_the_cat

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Nearly had it! I didn't get "area". Nice puzzle!
 

ksdhart2

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Nearly had it! I didn't get [spoiler redacted]. Nice puzzle!
Me neither. I kept getting hung up on thinking it was GRAY, which then led me to believe the other symbol was GATE rather than ARCH. However, I did come up with a very creative solution that the name should be GREE which is technically a last name (although this ultimately would have likely led nowhere anyway, as it's not a famous name)
 

Otis

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Doctor Peterson made it to the finish line. 🥇

Honorable mention for everyone else. I had considered including L×W under the arrow, as well as providing the bottom step, but I had concerns about giving too much away. I never gave the FLEA image a second thought; that's probably a personal bias because I handled control products for years, before moving the pets from moist breeding grounds in the Pacific NW to the Arizona desert.
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Harry_the_cat

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Doctor Peterson made it to the finish line. 🥇

Honorable mention for everyone else. I had considered including L×W under the arrow, as well as providing the bottom step, but I had concerns about giving too much away. I never gave the FLEA image a second thought; that's probably a personal bias because I handled control products for years, before moving the pets from moist breeding grounds in the Pacific NW to the Arizona desert.
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Who keeps fleas as pets??
 
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