Mensa Quiz

The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society.
Can you provide the answers? By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

For the answers, visit our Puzzle and Quiz Answers page.

1. The owner of a local grocery store prices fruits and vegetables according to his own system. A peach costs 40 cents, an apple costs 40 cents, and a banana costs 45 cents. According to this system, how much does a pear cost?

2. An eight-letter word is coiled 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.

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3. The Great Detective was traveling abroad when he discovered that he had lost his hotel reservation. Fortunately, he had memorized some helpful tips that allowed him to remember the name of his hotel. He recalled that the name of the hotel was the same as that of the home of the President of the United States, and it also served as the title of a movie. What was it?

4. The following line from an older popular song has been put into very fancy language. See if you are able to put it back into its correct form.

The strongest possible feeling of deep affection for another person is developed in a variegated assortment of rainbow hues.

5. What two words, which are each formed from different arrangements of the same five letters, can be used to complete the sentence below that describes a common parental sentiment?

Every parent tends to get a little _________ thinking about living with __________________.

6. Rearrange the following 14 letters into a four-word phrase that is the title of a rousing song.


7. Make your way from SINK to SWIM in only six steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

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Bonus Question:
Under which former U.S. president was the Environmental Protection Agency created?

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 © 2008 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2008 edition of the calendar is on sale now.