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. Unscramble the 15 letters below to make a common three-word phrase that describes public activities often enjoyed on a date.

A D D G G I I I I N N N N N W

2. The antiques dealer bought two glass lamps for \$50 each. She sold one for 20 percent more than she paid but was forced to sell the other for 20 percent less than she paid. Did she make or lose money?

3. What one three-letter syllable can be placed in all of the blanks below to make four different words?

LION __________
WINTER __________
DOWNS __________
OXID __________

4. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is one less than the second digit and half the third; the fourth digit is one more than the third and is also the sum of the first and second digits; and the fifth and sixth digits make a number that is the sum of the first four digits. The sum of all the digits is 19.

5. First, unscramble the letters in each word below; then, unscramble the word order to create a Tom Swifty sentence.

YCNLAIN YM EATST HIST
HTE STRIF FTHAER FTRUI
TBIUL CPROESNSIG LPANT
NI MOT DSAI.

6. If six painters can paint 12 rooms in two days, how many painters will it take to paint 18 rooms in one day?

7. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same 11 letters, complete the sentence below?

The seminary ______ researched many religious
texts and compiled _____ from various sources.

8. Think of a word for a part of the body and place an r in front of it to make a word that means “back.” Then, think of a word that means “chronological number” and place an s in front of it to make a word that means “wise.”

Bonus Question:
Who wrote the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the ballet The Nutcracker is based?

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.