Here's hoping you'll dig today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge:

By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert CLAMS into SHELL in the fewest possible steps.

C L A M S
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
S H E L L

Here is a 6-step SOLUTION.

A 6-STEP SOLUTION:

C L A M S
S L A M S
S H A M S
S H A M E
S H A L E
S H A L L
S H E L L

Did you come up with a different sequence of words? Feel free to share your solution with us in the comments below. Thanks for playing!