Mensa QuizBy Dr. Abbie F. Salny
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.
1. Samantha likes peanuts but not walnuts. She likes potatoes but not peas, and she likes beets but not eggplant. Following the same rule, will she like carrots or string beans?
2. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
3. A. Replace the first letter of a word that means “puzzle over” to find a word meaning “amazement.”
B. Replace the first letter of a word that means “hazard” to find a word for a forest official.
4. Here is a word ladder. Make your way from LOSE to FIND in exactly five steps, changing one letter at a time to form the interim words.
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5. A common saying has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into everyday English?
This particular meteorological subject is a matter of discussion by the totality of the population; however, although there is a plethora of conversation, there is a complete absence of activity on the subject.
6. Letters have been removed from each of the country names below. (Some may be former names of countries.) Put back the letters to make the countries whole.
_ E _ I _ _
_ _ A _ E _ _ _ A
_ K _ A _ _ E
S _ _ V _ _ _ _
L _ T _ _ _ N _ _
A _ S _ _ _ _
7. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
8. If six equally skilled painters can paint six pictures in two days, how many pictures can one painter paint in a non-leap-year February?
9. Unscramble the 10 letters below to form a polite, four-word greeting that sounds like a question but rarely involves any curiosity on the part of the asker.
Bonus Question: Which of these is not an event of the Olympic Decathlon?
C. Shot put
D. Hammer throw
E. Pole vault
1. Carrots. (She only likes things that grow underground.)
2. Asleep, elapse
3. A. Ponder, wonder. B. Danger, ranger
4. Lose, lone, line, wine, wind, find
5. “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
6. Belize, Guatemala, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Austria
7. Carving, craving
9. “How do you do?”
Bonus: D. Hammer throw