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
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1 A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a comment on today’s language usage. Work out the code to decipher the original words.

3-8-15 13-1-11-5-19 21-16 1-12-12 20-8-5-19-5 14-5-23 16-8-18-1-19-5-19 20-8-1-20 13-5-1-14 14-15-20-8-9-14-7, 12-9-11-5 “14-5-23 12-15-23 12-15-23 16-18-9-3-5-19”?

2 There was a contest to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. Alice guessed 34, Bob guessed 33, Charlie guessed 35, Dan guessed 27 and Edith guessed 36. One person was off by one, another by four, another by three, another by two and another by five. No one was right. How many jelly beans were there?

3 Fill in the blanks to complete the word that you see below.


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

The _________ parents had their video camera at the ready as their baby took his first _________ steps.

5 Which of the scrambled words below is least like the others? The difference has nothing to do with vowels, consonants or syllables.


6 Tom has three more brothers than he has ?sisters. His sister Tina has six times as many brothers as she has sisters. How many boys and girls are in the family? (Hint: There are no more than 10.)

7 An eight-letter word appears 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.


Bonus Question: Which one of Shakespeare’s plays gave us the phrase “the world’s mine oyster”?

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.