Mensa Quiz

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1 Each of the definitions below can be made by a palindrome. Can you find them?

Sleeps ____ ____ Bridge or cross
Slump ___ ___ A fuel

2 Can you find a word that contains the letters “SPB” exactly in that order?

3 The Great Detective was called in when a valuable necklace was stolen from a party. All the guests had impeccable backgrounds. However, at dinner, the Great Detective listened carefully to the guests’ travel stories. Major ?Browning-Browning recounted tiger safaris in India, Mr. Jones-Jones spoke of visiting Angel Falls in South America, and Captain Simpleton told a tale of seeing penguins when he was at the North Pole. Who was the liar?

4 What three words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentences that you see below?

The young actress _______ to great 
heights but was filled with _______ when 
the critics panned her performance. 
Eventually, they _______ her second role.

5 Pat has four more brothers than she has sisters. Her brother Jim has two more brothers than he has sisters. How many siblings are there in all? (Hint: There are fewer than 10.)

6 Place a “P” in front of the word for rental contract to find a polite expression. Place an “F” in front of a word meaning “permit” to find a word describing land left untilled after plowing.

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

The angry man _______ at his gossipy 
neighbor, accusing him of pure _______.

BONUS QUESTION: Two men played chess. They played five games, and each won the same numb?er of games, but there were no ties. How was this possible?

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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.