Mensa Quiz
The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without asking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are at the bottom of the page. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny
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1. There is a sentence coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with the “C” at the lower left. Two nulls.)
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2. Complete the word below by filling in the missing letters.

I _ _ R_ S _ _ O _ _ B _ _

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

The ballerina can __________ to the very top of her career if she __________ the starring roles in the major ballets.

4. The title of a well-known book has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into its original form?

The objects, or people, have been removed from their previous localities through the power of a naturally moving phenomenon.

5. The names of three trees are hidden in the sentences below. Can you find them? (Hint: The letters are in consecutive order.)

On this farm, we can get ham
from a hog anytime.
The farmer will help in every possible way.
He faced two very similar choices, both bad.

6. The boxes below have numbers in a certain pattern. Find the pattern and solve the question of the missing number.
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7. Jerry has three times as many brothers as he has sisters, and his sister Annie has seven times as many brothers as she has sisters. How many siblings in all? (Hint: There aren’t more than 10.)

8. How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all six letters only once in each word?


9. First unscramble the letters in each word below, then unscramble the word order to create a Tom Swifty sentence.


Bonus Question: Identify the countries that these provinces, regions, or geographic features are currently part of:
A. Cumbria
B. Jutland
C. New South Wales
D. Alsace-Lorraine
E. Tuscany
F. Skikoku

1. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
2. Impressionable
3. Ascend, dances
4. Gone With the Wind
5. Mahogany, pine, larch
6. 625 (first box 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 squared; second box cubed; third box to the fourth power)
7. Nine (seven boys and two girls)
8. Beater, rebate, berate
9. “The voyage took over 12 hours, but I’m not tired,” said Tom trippingly.

Bonus Question (only found here at
A. United Kingdom (England is acceptable, but Scotland or Wales is not)
B. Denmark
C. Australia
D. France
E. Italy
F. Japan