Mensa Quiz

The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, try our Puzzle and Quiz Answers page

1 An ambitious hostess makes 8 paper hats in 40 minutes. She must finish 160 hats in time for her New Year’s party. How long will it take her?

2 How many English words can you make from the letters below, using each letter only once?


3 The Great Detective had just inherited an estate from a dear friend. All he found in the apartment was a note that read: “Look for Simple Simon.” Obviously, it was either a bank account or a safe-deposit box. The Great Detective had the number of the bank account almost immediately. What was it?

4 A quotation is hidden below. Pick the right letter from the vertical letters below each space and find the quote.

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

If you insist on ________ into unfamiliar 
waters when snorkeling, you run the risk 
of being hurt by a ________.

6 Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is one more than the second, the second digit is one more than the third, the third digit is one more than the fourth and the fourth digit is one more than the fifth. The sum of all of the digits is 35.

7 The name of a country is hidden in each sentence below. Can you find each one? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

We would really like to relax, perhaps at 
a spa in California. We played hide-and-seek
at camp, or tug-a-lug, a pulling game.

BONUS QUESTION: In the U.S., a trapezium is a geometric figure with four sides, but what is its distinguishing feature?

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Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years. Quiz © 2011 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). Get your daily dose of puzzles by purchasing the 2012 calendar.