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 interesting question is written below in a simple substitution code. Decipher the code and find the question.


2 What is the number that is 10 more than one-half of one-tenth of one-quarter of one-half of 8,000?

3 Find a word for a source of light, then change one letter to find a word that means “to manage.” Find a word that means “to close,” then change one letter to find a word that means “to avoid.”

4 Fill in the following word square using three “S’s,” two “O’s,” two “M’s,” four “E’s,” two “R’s,” two “A’s” and one “V” (for a total of 16 letters) so that each word can be read across and down.

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

Many facts in history have turned 
into _______ that paint the 
_______ picture possible.

6 The names of at least five animals are hidden in the sentences below (one appears twice!). Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

The boy knocked over a lamp, 
igniting the shade. The couple came last 
night. Unfortunately, they dropped a 
lamp, igniting the shade.

7 Elizabeth decided to go on a trip to visit her only brother’s wife’s only mother-in-law’s only sister’s only daughter. What relation is she to Anne?

BONUS QUESTION: Who was known as Bloody Mary?

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Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years. Quiz © 2012 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.