Mensa Quiz

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1. At the local dress shop, the designer dresses of last season were reduced 25 percent. Those that were left were then reduced by 10 percent. How much was a $200 dress after the two reductions?

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

The idle _______ of the youngest 
flower girl distracted the waiter 
who was carrying the _______ that 
held the wedding cake.

3. Start with the number of degrees in a right angle, add the number of the interstate that runs from New York to San Francisco, then add the number of little pigs who built houses out of various materials. What number do you get?

4. Unscramble the 19 letters below to make a common six-word statement often considered to be the beginning of a problem.

A C C E E E H H H I I I K L M N S T T

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

O O L S P

6. Supply the missing number.

2 3 5 8 13 21 34 __

7. Six painters can paint 12 walls in 30 minutes. Working at the same speed, how long will it take two painters to paint 16 walls?

8. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the six letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in vase but not in jar.
My second in ink but not in tar.
My third in off but not in fun.
My fourth in lore but not in run.
My fifth in eight but not in two.
My last in net but not in new.
My whole a color pale in hue.


Bonus Question:
What do the following letters represent?

1) J INSOIDE B
2) PO PP D



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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.