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 Make your way from RISE to FALL in only four steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

R I S E
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F A L L

2 Find the word for a kind of marker, then change one letter to find a word that means “old and not fresh.” Then find the word for an amount of money and change the first letter to find the word for a neck ornament.

3 Jim lined up his toy army tanks in a row. There was a tank in front of three tanks, three tanks in back of a tank and one tank between two tanks. How many tanks were there?

4 Change one letter in the name of a culinary magazine to find a magazine about smart eating.

5 An eight-letter word appears 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.

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6 Our corner grocery prices its foods according to the owner’s whim. Pineapples cost 15 cents each, corn costs 5 cents, an artichoke costs 15 cents and an eggplant costs 10 cents. According to this system, how much will parsley cost?

7 A description of a fairy tale has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into everyday English?

At a time which is totally uncertain, a young female found herself engaged in menial tasks principally involved with the byproducts of combustion, thereby gaining a new name.

8 Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

_M__C_N__U__Y

9 In 12 years, Sophie will be four times as old as she was 15 years ago. How old is she now?

Bonus Question: “Fortissimo” means what?



American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.