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

It is necessary for antiques dealers to be very ____________. They must be able to tell the difference between a genuine antique ____________ and a reproduction.

2. What palindrome (a word or group of words that reads the same backward and forward) answers the following question?

What order did the dog owner give to the cleaning crew for his kennels?

S__ __ __   __ __   __ __   __ __ __ S

3. Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is twice the second, the third is the sum of the first and the second, the fourth is double the third, and the fifth is three times the third as well as the sum of the third and fourth. The sum of all of the digits is 21.

4. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the five letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in art but not in brush
My second in pea but not in crush.
My third in play but not in yard.
My fourth in last but not in hard.
My last you’ll find in eat and treat.
My whole is a fruit we like to eat.

5. Ryan tried to bike for one hour at eight miles per hour. He started from home and biked up a steep hill, which was four miles long, at four miles per hour. How fast does he have to go in order to average eight miles per hour?

6. The following famous line has had all the vowels re- moved and the remaining letters broken into groups. Replace the vowels to find the line.


7. 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.

 A T S
 R    T
 T L E

8. Rearrange the letters in “these surname counters” to form the three-word definition for this phrase.

Bonus Question: What is the science of measuring and describing the physical features of bodies of water and their shore areas for purposes of navigation?

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 available for sale now.