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'Tis a wonderful season, what with carolers crooning, cash registers ringing and folks getting that slightly crazed, holidazed feeling. We'll try to help -- or at least give you a few seasonal laughs along the way -- in The Sun.

Gifts for geniuses

Smart shopping takes on a new meaning with the help of Mensa, the club for people whose IQs are in the top 2 percent of the population.

A panel of game-loving mental giants reviewed 80 games -- submitted by toy companies -- and suggested the following as stimulating holiday gifts:

*Taboo, a word-guessing game by Milton Bradley;

*TriBond, a word-association game by Big Fun A Go Go;

*Abalone, a strategy game by Abalone Games;

*Scattergories, a category guessing game by Milton Bradley,

*Trivial Pursuit (Genus Edition), a trivia game by Parker Brothers.

"These are not passive chance games, where you roll the dice and good luck prevails. They require word skills or thinking skills," says American Mensa spokesman Gerry Casanova.

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