The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers?


1. The following letters occur in the sequences below in common English words or phrases. What are those words or phrases?

BBT DDM GGH

2. Samantha has three times as many brothers as she has sisters, but her brother Sam has two more brothers than he has sisters. How many siblings are in the family? (Hint: There are no more than 10 siblings.)

3. What feature do the words below share?

Trout Hectare Stinted Rialto

4. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is two more than the second digit, the second digit is two more than the third digit, the third digit is two less than the second digit, the fourth digit is two less than the third digit, the fifth digit is one less than the fourth digit, and the last two digits are the sum of the first four digits. The sum of all six digits is 30.

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

Ivan the Terrible:
VGZS H QDZKKX MDDC HR Z FNNC OQ LZM
SN BGZMFD LX HLZFD.


6. Rachel received an invitation to a birthday party for Ryan. Ryan was her maternal grandmother’s only child’s only son. What relation was he to Rachel?

7. Unscramble the letters in each word below, then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence.

LRAELY I ELKI NIGPSAEK NDTO YAW DIAS
LYWSFIT MOT HIST


8. In a contest to guess the number of pennies in a jar, Sam guessed 21, Sally guessed 19, Samantha guessed 24, Susan guessed 26, and Sandy guessed 23. One person was off by four, one by two, one by three, one by one, and one was correct. Who was right?


9. A significant 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 a “W.”)


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Bonus Question:
The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided for what?


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Quiz © 2017 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years.