1. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the seven letters will spell the answer to the riddle.
My second in hole but not in silt.
My third in did you’ll always see.
My fourth in dog but not in glee.
My fifth in isle but not in shed.
My sixth in need but not in red.
My last in glee but not in play.
My whole a very happy day.
2. Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is one less than the second, the second is one less than the third, the third is one less than the fourth, and the fourth is one less than the fifth. The sum of all of the digits is 15.
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.
4. To the best of our knowledge, only one word can be made from all of the letters in vice presidents. Can you figure out what it is?
5. Find a word that means “to manage adequately,” and then add a letter to find a word that refers to the area covered.
Next, find the past tense for a verb meaning “put down,” and then add a letter to find a pattern on fabric.
6. Anne is now one-fourth Alan’s age. Two years ago, she was one-seventh his age, and in eight years she’ll be half his age. How old are they now? (Hint: Anne is not yet a teenager.)
7. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a “quote.” Work out the code to decipher the original words.
J’E SBUIFS CF BMPOF UIBO XJUI
8. Find a word that means “fashion,” and then change one letter of that word to find one that refers to a barrier in a field.
Bonus Question: The word herpetoculture is associated with the cultivation of what?
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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 © 2008 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2008 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.