Mensa Quiz

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1 Sally likes licorice jelly beans but not vanilla or lemon. She gets a package of 15 jelly beans, five of each flavor. How many jelly beans does she have to remove before she can guarantee getting a licorice?

2 The 21 letters below can be anagrammed into the first four words of a proverb counseling people not to foresee profits.


3 Start with the last two numbers in the year that the California gold rush occurred, add the last two digits of the year that the Spanish-?American War took place, then subtract the last two digits of the year that Shakespeare died. What number do you get?

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

The defense attorney ________ up the ?witness, who completely ________ the prosecution’s contentions. 

5 The following puzzle consists of one word that can be split into two words.

One word: present-day
Two words: 1) Opposite of “pro”
2) Lasting for a limited time

6 In 13 years, Lenore will be as old as Jane is now. In 26 years, she will be three-quarters Jane’s age then. How old are they now?

7 Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the five letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in say but not in play.
My second in tell but not in day.
My third in eye and also eat.
My fourth in aid but not in beet.
My last in luck but not in cheat.
My whole is something people eat.

BONUS QUESTION: Name the boat(s) associated with Fletcher Christian.

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 a co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.