Shortest Word Edit Path

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Given two words source and target, and a list of words words, find the length of the shortest series of edits that transforms source to target.

Each edit must change exactly one letter at a time, and each intermediate word (and the final target word) must exist in words.

If the task is impossible, return -1.


source = "bit", target = "dog"
words = ["but", "put", "big", "pot", "pog", "dog", "lot"]
output: 5