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. What is the number that is one-fifth of one-sixth of one-tenth of one-half of 3,000?

2. If Shakespeare could have met Columbus, cross out all the As, Bs, and Ds; if not, cross out all these letters plus Q. If Benjamin Franklin could have met Abraham Lincoln, cross out all the Fs, Gs, Hs, and Is, as well as J and K; if not, cross out all these letters plus M, N, P, and S. The remaining letters form an anagram. Unscramble the letters to form a word.

3. 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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4. Choose the correct letter for each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the four letters will spell the answer to the riddle.
My first is in some but not in all.
My second in into but not in tall.
My third in little but not in big.
My fourth in pork but not in pig.
My whole is made in nature’s way.
For clothing, rugs used every day.

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

6. To the best of our knowledge, only one other word can be made from all of the letters in the word entailments. Can you figure out what it is?

7. Start with the number of legs on a spider. Add the number of feet in a fathom. Divide by the square root of 4. Add the number of King Cole’s fiddlers. What do you have?

8. Complete the word below by filling in the missing letters.
H _ _ L _ _ I _ A _ _R _

9. What three words, formed from different arrangements of the same 10 letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
Often a manufacturer who ____________ a less-than-successful product will sell it to a ____________ or make substantial ________ in the price to other stores.

10. Susan’s age is four-fifths of her brother Sam’s age. Nine years ago, Sam was twice as old as Susan. Three years from now, Susan will be five-sixths as old as Sam. How old are they now? (Hint: One is a teenager.)

Bonus Question: Identify these Shakespearean plays:
A. Concerns Petruchio and Katharina’s strange courtship and honeymoon.
B. In a subplot, a man is changed into an ass.
C. Continues for two acts after the title character dies.
D. Includes a shipwreck, a monster, and a magician.
E. Comedy that showcases Sir John Falstaff.


1. 5 (3,000/2 = 1,500; /10 = 150; /6 = 25; /5 = 5)
2. Correct
3. Ablative
4. Silk
5. Mates, meats, steam, tames, teams
6. Sentimental
7. 10 (8 + 6 = 14; /2 = 7; + 3 = 10)
8. Hallucinatory
9. Introduces, discounter, reductions
10. Susan is 12; Sam is 15.
A. The Taming of the Shrew
B. A Midsummer Night's Dream
C. Julius Caesar
D. The Tempest
E. The Merry Wives of Windsor

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 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 the coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2005 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing).