The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ organization. Can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are on this page

1.  An interesting question 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 “I.” One null.)

R   A   L   U   G    S   I
  G   E   A   R   A   H   C
  H   P   T   N   A    E   E
  O   N   E   E   T    P   E
  B   E   G   E   D   S   E
   I    L    I    D   W   R   F
  I    L   O   Y    H   F    I

2. Fill in the blanks to complete the word below. 
 E _ T _ U _ _ A _ M
3. Take the number of Ali Baba’s thieves, add the year Columbus discovered America, divide by the number of eyes a cat has, add the missing number in the quote “The night has _ _ eyes and the day but one,” and add the number represented by the Roman numeral X. What significant date do you have?

4. Make your way from SICK to WELL in only four steps, changing one letter at a time to make a common English word at each step.

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

E     R     L
P             A
R      I      S

6. We’ve removed all the vowels (including “y”) from a well-known proverb. Can you put them back where they belong?

Bonus Question: Find the names of four American cities, each five letters long, hidden in the sentence below. (The letters are in consecutive order.)
I claim I am ill-flavored over my brother, then I pour us a lemonade from a handy pitcher.


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