The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without asking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are on page 80. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Decode the following simple substitution cryptogram containing the statement of a newsman when he located the party photographer for a national magazine.

“BI, TXFFU NJTT UFSSZ PG MJGF, BU MBTU J’WF GPVOE ZPV.”


2. Humpty is twice as old as Dumpty. Six years ago, Humpty was three times as old as Dumpty. Six years from now, Dumpty’s age will be three-fifths of Humpty’s age. How old are they now?

3. Marcy likes bread but not cookies. She likes peas but not carrots, and she likes leaves but not bushes. Following the same rule, will she like pears or corn?

4. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

As the explorer __________ into the cavern’s recesses, he was actually afraid to go __________ without special equipment.

5. An eight-letter word is hidden in the box below. Find it by beginning with the correct letter and moving clockwise or counterclockwise around the box, using each letter only once.

     R     R     O
     I          R
     M     D     E



6. To the best of our knowledge, only one other word can be made from all of the letters in the word shattering. Can you figure out what it is?

7. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

A great many __________ who are judged on productivity tend to __________ about hourly speed.


8. Fill in the following word square using six A’s, four S’s, three P’s, two each of the letters N, T, Y, L, and E, and one each of the letters B and M (for a total of 25 letters) so that each word can be read across and down.


P A N S     Y
A
N
S
Y





9. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same nine letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The student wished to acquire a double major, so he had to be very ___________ in the wide choice of __________ offered
by the college.


Bonus Question:
Identify the mythological characters described below:
A. The man condemned to roll a rock up a hill forever in the Underworld, only to have it roll to the bottom again.
B. Her 10 sons and 10 daughters were slain by the gods because she taunted one of them.
C. He and his two sons were killed by a giant serpent sent by Athena before he could warn the Trojans about the Trojan Horse.
D. His musical skill enabled him to enter the underworld in a quest to recover his dead wife Eurydice.

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ ­Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top two percent on any supervised, standardized intelligence test. For more information about American Mensa or to take the Mensa Home Test, visit www.us.mensa.org/americanway or call (800) 66-MENSA.
Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years. She is the coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2005 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing).



ANSWERS
1. “Ah, sweet Miss Terry of Life, at last I’ve found you.” (Code: A=Z, B=A, C=B, D=C, etc.)
2. Humpty is 24 and Dumpty is 12.
3. Pears. (Marcy only likes words that have an “ea” in them.)
4. Peered, deeper
5. Mirrored
6. Straighten
7. Bosses, obsess
8. P A N S Y
A B A T E
N A S A L
S T A M P
Y E L P S
9. Selective, electives
Bonus:
A. Sisyphus
B. Niobe
C. Laocoon
D. Orpheus
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