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, click here for the answers. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Jane shopped at several stores for her birthday party. She spent half of what she had plus $10 for food. Then, she spent half of what was left plus $5 for soda. She then spent half of what was left plus $10 for party favors and had nothing left. How much did she start with? (Hint: Work backward.)

2. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a quote. Work out the code to decipher the original words.

Winnie the Pooh:
R’EV YVVM XLNKOVGVOB
FMHFXXVHHUFO RM ULOOLDRMT
Z WRVG.


3. What is the number that is one-fifth of one-half of one-third of one-fourth of one-half of 1,200?

4. During a five-minute span, a valuable painting disappeared from a small exhibit and a reproduction was found in its place. No one saw anyone leave with a large roll or package. Upon examining the reproduction, the Great Detective saw that it didn’t fit inside the frame properly. He knew where the real painting was. Where was it?

5. An interesting line of dialogue 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 “I.” One null.)


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

When one is ________, it is difficult to determine
how much time will ________ before one wakes.


7. Susan wants to visit Charlie and Pat, who are husband and wife. Susan is the only daughter of Charlie’s mother’s only sister’s only brother. What relation is Susan to Charlie?

Bonus Question
: Paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews is rumored to have inspired what character?


American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top two 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 coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2009 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2009 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.