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


1. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same five letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The boys in the apple-eating contest knew the _____ because they counted the _____.

2. The Great Detective was investigating an insurance claim. The antiques dealer showed him a vase that matched the stolen one, which was valued by the dealer at $10,000. “See, it’s marked ‘Wedgewood’ right here. The other was identical.” The Great Detective told the insurance company not to pay. Why?


3. Find the number that best completes the following sequence.

100 100 102 98 104 96 106 94 __


4. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit and the fourth digit make a two-digit sum, the two digits of which are the second and third; the fifth and sixth digits, added together, are half the fourth; the last digit is one-third the first; and the sum of all the digits is 18.


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

LLYEAR SAW FILE DAIS AHTT OT RUET YPLA MOT YHAACCCRIISTTERALL


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

Diamond Jim Brady: 9 18-5-1-12-12-25 12-9-11-5 2-12-21-5 2-5-20-20-5-18. 9 20-8-9-14-11 9-12-12 3-8-1-14-7-5 20-15 19-1-16-16-8-9-18-5-19.


7. In a pie-eating contest, Alice was neither first nor last, but she beat Evan. Ben beat Alice. Carol beat Dan and Ben. Who was last?

8. All the vowels (including Y) have been removed from the following phrase. Put them back and find the phrase.

N S W L L W D S N T M K S M M R


9. Unscramble the letters in each pie segment below, then find the missing letter that completes each word. (The missing letter, indicated by the question mark, is the same for each word.)


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Bonus Question: When the U.S. flag is hung flat against a wall, in which direction is the field of stars (viewed face-on)?


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Quiz © 2012 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.