Mensa Quiz

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, try our Puzzle and Quiz Answers page

1 The 15 letters below can be anagrammed into a gracious two-word closing.


2 Will walked three miles in one hour. He had to slow down to two miles per hour. He returns at two miles per hour. What was his average speed?

3 Start with the square of 4, add the cube of 2, subtract the number of kittens who lost their mittens, then add the 24th letter of the alphabet. What number do you get?

4 In a footrace, Tom beat James. John was neither first nor last. Bill beat John. John beat Joe, and Joe beat Tom. Who won the race?

5 Make your way from SLOW to FAST in only seven steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

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6 The local collectible shop prices objects according to the owner’s whim. A tortoise costs $80, a table costs $50 and an armchair costs $80. According to this system, how much will a cabinet cost?

7 A palindrome is a word, sentence or group of words that reads the same backward or forward. The collector of Napoleon artifacts bought this piece of furniture.

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8 Start with the century in which Columbus discovered America, add the century in which the Civil War was fought, then subtract the century in which the French Revolution occurred. What number do you get?

BONUS QUESTION: Who is the mythological Morpheus?

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.