Mensa Quiz
The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are below. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny
1. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The title of the appealing little magazine
defines the colorful drawings as
amusing but comprehensive, in short, ________ ________.

2. Twins named Bob and Bill ran a race. Bob ran three miles per hour uphill and six miles per hour downhill. His brother, Bill, ran four miles per hour both up and down. On a hill that was three miles up and down, which one came in first and by how much?

3. Find the number that best completes the following sequence.

3 15 6 12 9 9 12 6 15 __

4. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. The four letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in game but not in play.
My second is in lose but not in stay.
My third is in like but not in high.
My last in drive but not in sigh.
My whole is precious, very dear,
Valued by all, far and near.

5. Unscramble the letters in each word below, then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence. (Hint: Tom always speaks adverbially about his subject.)


6. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is the square of the second, the third and the fourth digits are the sum of the first and the second, and the fifth and the sixth are the sum of the preceding four digits. The sum of all of the digits is 21.

7. A statement is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an M. One null.)

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

A mother who __________ and spoils
her child is setting up a situation
in which he will be __________by
others in authority.

9. Take an r from a word for someone who finds fault and find a word that means “prank.”
Take an r from a word meaning “fall hard or break” and find a word for “money.”
Take an r from a word for an obnoxious child and find a word for a piece of sports equipment.

10. Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

_ E O M _ T _ _ C _ L _ _

Bonus Question: Parts of what two states were acquired by the United States in the Gadsden Purchase?

Scroll down for answers

Mensa Answers

1. Cosmic comics
2. It was a tie. Bob ran up in one hour and down in half an hour. Bill covered the same six miles in one and one-half hours.
3. 3. (Two interleaved series, +3 and –3.)
4. Gold
5. “I always liked the digit zero,” said Tom naughtily.
6. 931,215
7. Maybe all is not lost, but I can’t find it.
8. Coddles, scolded
9. Carper, caper; crash, cash; brat, bat
10. Geometrically
Bonus Answer. Arizona and New Mexico

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 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 a 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). The 2006 edition of the calendar is on sale now.