Mensa Quiz

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

The artist gave limited 
__________ for the engraver to 
make an __________ for 
a new series of engravings.

2. Start with the square of 25, divide by 5, and then multiply by the number of legs on a quadruped. What number do you get?

3. In a murder mystery, the detective has three suspects and one clue. The suspects are an American journalist, a bilingual Italian writer and a British TV writer. The clue, a threatening note, reads: “I killed him in Livorno, and you are next.” Who wrote the note?

4. There is a 13 percent tax on hotel rooms in Imaginaryville. This is on top of a 2 percent sales tax for the county and a 10 percent luxury tax. A room now costs $100 a night. How much would it cost without the taxes?

5. Your watches are in bad shape. One runs two minutes an hour fast and the other two minutes an hour slow. How soon will the fast one be one hour ahead of the slow one?

6. The names of at least five people are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

My budget for this winter has 
been just announced.

7. What three words, formed from different ?arrangements of the same five letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The Olympic competitor barked out 
some _____ orders while he was trying 
to _____ away from the _____.

8. Find the six-digit number in which the first and last digits are the same; the first digit multiplied by two gives a two-digit number, now the second and third digits; and the last digit multiplied by three gives a two-digit number, now the fourth and fifth digits. The sum of all of the digits is 22.

BONUS QUESTION: To the best of our knowledge, only one English word can be made from all of the letters below. What is it?


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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.