Mensa Quiz The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are below.

By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Each of the following definitions can be answered by two words that rhyme.
More overweight record
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Ticket on a piece of furniture
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Trick done with an improvement on papyrus
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2. Place a different letter on each line below to make two new words.

3. An eight-letter word is 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.

4. If six teenagers can drink six ice cream sodas in 12 minutes, how many sodas can the same six teenagers drink in two hours (assuming, of course, that this is a puzzle and not real life)?

5. Charlie’s daughter was getting married, so he sent an invitation to his wife’s mother’s only husband’s only son’s daughter. What relation is she to Charlie?

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

7. Rearrange the letters in a word that describes how royalty behaves to find a word that means “extreme sensitivity to a substance”; then rearrange the letters in the name of a planet to find a word for a part of the body.

8. 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.
The first is in see but not in look.
The second is in hope but not in book.
The third is in pin but not in pen.
The fourth in red but not in den.
The fifth in tree but not in bear.
My whole an object you can wear.

9. Find five names hidden in the sentence below (the letters run consecutively).
We have raised other flags and yours, too.

10. Each of the following definitions can be answered by two words that rhyme.
Peter Pan’s nemesis’s library
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Veggies belonging to Robert Browning’s wife
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Bonus Question: Two of the four fundamental forces of nature currently theorized by physicists are the strong force and the weak force. What are the other two forces?

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 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 the coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2005 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing).

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Mensa Answers

1. Fatter platter, table label, paper caper
2. R, A, L
3. Heedless
4. 60. (Each teen drinks one soda every 12 minutes, or five per hour.)
5. His niece (his sister-in-law’s daughter)
6. “I just finished my first novel,” said Tom authoritatively.
7. Regally, allergy; earth, heart
8. Shirt
9. Vera, Ed, Dot, Sandy, Andy
10. Hook’s books, Barrett’s carrots
Bonus: Gravity, electromagnetism