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 Find the word that best completes the following sequence.

Initial Alleged Editor Orange
a) Garage b) General c) Instant d) Wonder

2 What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same 10 letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The patent office __________ 
and later reran the program of a 
man who had __________ a lost 
art of certain metalworking.

3 The 15 letters below can be rearranged into a four-word phrase meaning “once in a while.”


4 A slightly misquoted quotation is hidden below. Pick the right letter from the vertical letters below each space and find the sentence.

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5 You have an aunt who likes to drive forward but not in reverse. She likes tomatoes but not apples. She eats onions but not leeks. She likes indigo but not navy. Will she like the poems of Byron or Keats?

6 Take the number of Ali Baba’s thieves and add the year Columbus discovered America. Divide by the number of eyes a cat has and add the missing number in the quote, “The night has a ________ eyes, and the day but one,” plus the number represented by the Roman numeral X. What significant date do you have?

7 What two numbers will give you a result of 36 if the smaller is subtracted from the larger but 1,440 when one is multiplied by the other?

BONUS QUESTION: Susan lives on the 20th floor of an apartment building. Every morning she rides all the way to the lobby in the elevator, but on her way home in the afternoon, she only rides to the 17th floor and walks up the remaining three flights. Why does she do this?

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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.