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, click here for the answers. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Replace the first letters of the words in each row to make two new words, both starting with the same letter. Place that letter in the blank between the two words. When you’re finished, you’ll have a new word reading down.

Bane __ Shale
Clone __ Elder
Vapid __ Boar
Acorn __ Away

2. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentences below?

“I _______,” said the judge to the young lawyer,
“that you think being _______ improves your
position. It doesn’t! To the point is better.”

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









4. The following puzzle consists of one word that can be split into two words.

One word: comprehend
Two words: located beneath a bleacher

5. Find a word for a cooking utensil, then add a letter to find a word that means “bridge.” Find a word that means “to move fast,” then add a letter to find a Viking-written character.

6. Sally is now twice Susan’s age. Five years from now, Susan will be two years younger than Sally is right now. Five years ago, Susan was seven years younger than Sally was then. How old are they now?

7. How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all five letters only once in each word?


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

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 a coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2009 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2010 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.