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 Puzzles & Quiz Answer page.

1. For the last year, Tara has been putting all the change she finds in her piggy bank, and now she has a grand total of $8.20. There are the same number of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. How many of each coin does she have?

2. Make your way from COAST to SLIDE in seven simple steps, changing only one letter at a time to make a good English word at each of the steps.

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3. An eight-letter word is coiled in the box below. Find it by beginning with the correct letter and moving clockwise or counterclockwise around the box, using each letter only once.

I     L     L
K          E
S   S    T

4. Find the word that fits the definitions below when it’s a whole word and when it’s divided into two separate words.

a) Whole word:
Piece of furniture

b) Two words:
1. Voting district  2. Wizard’s costume

5. Complete the couplets below with words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently.

It’s not permitted, not _ _ _ _ _ _ _
To read your paperback _ _ _ _ _.

Her haircut left her almost _ _ _ _.
She grabbed a tissue and she _ _ _ _ _ _.

My broker called me on his _ _ _ _
To tell me not to buy but to _ _ _ _.

Bonus Question: George Mallory said, “Because it’s there.” What was it?

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