The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers?
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1. Fill in the first blank below with a word that fits the definition. On the next line, add a letter anywhere in the word to find a new word that fits the definition. To fill the third blank, add another letter and rearrange all the letters.
Friend  _ _ _
Bucket  _ _ _ _
Semiprecious stone  _ _ _ _ _

2. Find the names of five animals, each five letters long, hidden in the sentence below (the letters are in consecutive order).

The not terribly worthy enamelist who
abhors expandable tools became livid.

3. Patrick is three times as old as Meghan was two years ago. The sum of their ages three years ago was 16. How old are Patrick and Meghan right now?

4. In each row, change the first letter of the two words to a different letter (the same letter for both words) to form two new words. Write the new letter in the blank. These letters will form a word reading down.

Dame  _  Grouch
Hid  _  End
Tame  _  Hide
Inter  _  Slated

5. a) Add an “S” in front of a fruit to get a weapon. b) Add an “S” in front of a word that means “relatives” to get a part of the body. c) Add an “S” in front of an animal to get a word that means “portion.”

6. Make your way from summer to winter in only nine steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

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Bonus Question: Julie ran six miles to Anna’s house at 6 mph but returned home along the same route at 3 mph. What was her average speed the whole trip?

American Mensa is an organization for people with IQs in the top 2 percent of the population. Members come from all walks of life and enjoy hundreds of opportunities to share ideas and meet new people each year. To learn more, visit, call us at (800) 66-MENSA or connect with us at or

Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years. Quiz © Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing).