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 Fill in each blank below with a word that means the same as the word on the left when read normally and fits the definition on the right when read backward.

Cooking utensils ____ A partner of crackle and pop
Bridge ____ Sleeps lightly

2 Rachel went shopping for the sleepover she was having. At the first store, she spent half of what she had plus $5 on snacks. At the second store, she spent half of what was left plus $1 on video rentals. At the last store, she spent half of what was left plus $1 on earplugs for her brother. She had $1 left. How much did she start with?

3 A colloquial piece of advice has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into everyday English?

If, in the course of an investigation, you ­discover that something is in good working order, it is inadvisable to attempt to repair it.

4 What one three-letter word can be placed in the blanks below to make three different words?


5 Find a word that means “to scour,” then change one letter to find a word for a bush. Find a word that means “dark despair,” then change one letter to find a word for a new husband.

6 Start with the number of letters in the word for the people honored by a February holiday honoring our Chief, add the number of letters in the avenue named in the song “Easter Parade,” then subtract the number of letters in the word that represents the night of witches and goblins. What number do you get?

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

The couple surprised their parents with a wedding _______. A moment of complete _______ followed.
Bonus Question: In terms of “territorial morphology,” Thailand can be classified as what type of country? A) Compact; B) Fragmented; C) ­Protruded; D) Elongated

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.