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. Each of the following letters has something in common. What should the next letter be?

B C D G J O P Q R ?

2. If six teenagers can slurp down 12 ice cream sodas in 30 minutes, how long will it take 10 teenagers to finish off 40 sodas?
3. There is a sentence 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 a T. Two nulls.)
4. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a “quote.” Work out the code to decipher the original words.

Jack Spratt: 9 8-1-20-5 20-8-9-19 6-1-20--6-18-5-5 4-9-5-20 13-25 23-9-6-5 8-1-19 16-21-20 13-5 15-14

5. The following definition requires some thought. The explanation includes all the facts. Ex: To study; twisted rope. Pore. (The word rope twisted into the word pore.)

Mixed greens engage in a popular sport.
6. An eight-letter word is 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.

7. There are three numbers hidden in the sentences below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

Throw the problem off. I’ve always felt women were able to pass even the worst situation and make it better.

8. Fill in the blanks with two letters to make two separate words on each line.


9. Which of the following groups of letters is the odd man out? The difference has nothing to do with vowels or consonants.


10. After shopping, Brandon had change from a $20 bill. He has the same number of pennies, nickels, and quarters, which come to a total of $3.10. How many of each coin does he have?

Bonus Question: What metal is extractable from these ores: malachite and pitchblende?


Mensa Answers

1. S. All of the letters have curved lines.
2. One hour. Each teenager drinks one drink every 15 minutes, or four per hour. Ten teenagers drink 40 drinks per hour.
3. Two can live as cheaply as one, if one doesn’t eat.
4. “I hate this fat-free diet my wife has put me on.” (Code: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc.)
5. Salad bowl
6. Alerters
7. Five, two, seven
8. Ballot, other; handled, editor; guardian, angel
9. Kennel, the only shelter people don’t live in. The other words are tent, cave, and house.
10. He has 10 of each kind of coin.
Bonus Question. Copper, Uranium (Radium is also acceptable)

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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 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.