Mensa Quiz
The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are below. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Fill in each blank below with a word that has the same meaning as the words on either side.

Billiard stick _________ signal for an actor
Short jumps _________ plant used for beer
Safety fastening _________ bowling target
Neckwear _________ part of a railroad track

2. In the local beauty contest, all contestants received prizes based on their standing. Zenia was neither last nor in the middle. Jane was not first. Carol scored below Zenia but above Betty. Sally beat Jane. Betty beat Alice. Alice scored higher than Sally but lower than Betty. Who won?

3. Some letters have been removed from each of the flower names below. Put back the letters and “smell the roses.”

_ A _ T _ _ T _ _ M
A _ _ L _ A
_ Y _ _ A _ _ _ A
_ O _ _ Y _ _ _ K

4. Find the word that best completes the following sequence:

Stare, Left, Light, _______

1.) Pickle 2.) Nickel 3.) Walnut

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

________ to say, the tension at the small shop ______ a great deal when the missing check turned up.

6. “Why did the witch have to buy special software for her computer? The answer to this question is 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 an “S.”)

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7. Matty and Mark bought several kinds of candy. Half were gumdrops, one-tenth were candy canes, 20 percent were chocolate bars, and five percent were lollipops. They also bought 15 caramels. How many gumdrops did they have?

8. Find the five-digit number in which the last digit is two less than the fourth, the fourth is two less than the third, the third is two less than the second, and the second is two less than the first. The sum of all of the digits is 25.

9. An eight-letter word is hidden 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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Bonus Question: What is the useful metal extractable from each of these ores?
A. Bauxite
B. Malachite
C. Hematite
D. Pitchblende
E. Galena


Mensa Answers

1. Cue, hops, pin, tie
2. Zenia. The order of the other contestants is Carol, Betty, Alice, Sally, Jane.
3. Nasturtium, azalea, hydrangea, hollyhock
4. Pickle. Each word has two letters in
alphabetical order.
5. Needless, lessened
6. She really needed a spell-checker.
7. 50. (There were a total of 100 items.)
8. 97,531
9. Allaying
10.
A) Aluminum
B) Copper
C) Iron
D) Uranium (radium is also acceptable)
E) Lead