Mensa Quiz

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 Puzzle and Quiz Answers page

1 A palindrome is a word, sentence or group of words that reads the same backward or forward. Find the palindrome described here: What did the exterminator say in distress after he thought he had finished the job?

W _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ W?

2 The names of three trees are hidden in the sentences below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

Please look at the camel! May I be the first to ride? See his beautiful collar, chain and saddle.

3 Patty had some cookbooks. All but three were French, all but three were American, all but three were Italian and all but three were Chinese. How many cookbooks did she have?

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


5 Take one letter from each word below, in order, to make the name of an animal.


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

The outfit I bought for my grandchild was the _____ size because he had _____ two inches over the summer.

7 Charlie has six more brothers than he has sisters. Sally, his sister, has eight more brothers than she has sisters. How many boys and girls are there in the family?

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

One word: a country
Two words: 1) lair 2) symbol

BONUS QUESTION: Name the person, real or fictional, most closely associated with the “Gordian knot.”

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.