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 fill in the blanks in the sentence below?

The Thursday bridge club, which consisted of 12 ________, rented a boat and _______ across the bay.

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.

W F U
A    L
L Y L



3. The fancy dress shop had a dress that sold for $300. It didn’t sell, so the price was reduced by 20 percent. It still didn’t sell, so the price was reduced by $20. When it still didn’t sell, the price was reduced by an additional 50 percent. How much was it then?

4. The following 15 letters can be anagrammed into a three-word phrase describing part of an election campaign. Can you figure it out?

E H I L O O P R S S T T T U W

5. Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

R __ __ R__ S__ E __ T __ __ E __ Y

6. Two numbers added together total 105. One number is double the other. What are the numbers?

7. What one three-letter word can be added in the blanks below to make a new word in each case?

_____ WARD
_____ SIDE
_____ FARER
_____ LAY

8. Unscramble the letters in each word below, and then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence.

TEH IHTNG I STBE TBOUA KLIED OT PTRI YM SAW LYTAI HTE EDWNOLFUR DBEAR DIAS MOT RCUTSILY

9. Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is two less than the second, the third is the same as the first, the fourth is three more than the third, and the last is two less than the second. The sum of all the digits is 35.

Bonus Question: Name the three early American statesmen who contributed to the Federalist Papers.


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 www.us.mensa.org/americanway 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.