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. The stamp collector decided to give his prized collection to friends. He gave one-fourth of the collection to Jim, one-fifth of it to Alice, five percent of it to Susan, and then half of what was left of it to John. After all that, he had 15 stamps left. How many stamps did he start with?

2. First unscramble the letters in each word below, and then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence.

MOT DIAS I SAW CEON A
YREV DOGO NRUENR WSFTILY

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

When she saw the sunlight _____________
on the diamond ring that the young man
was holding out to her, the young lady got
a _____________ feeling that he was
proposing to her.


4. Casey is now half Jane’s age. Four years ago, he was one-third Jane’s age. In two years, he will be five-ninths Jane’s age. How old are Casey and Jane now? (Hint: Casey is not yet a teenager.)

5. 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.

PAR
E E
RPS

6. To the best of our knowledge, only one word can be made from all of these letters: AACDEGLMNNORSS. Can you figure out what the word is?

7. A statement is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an “I.” Three nulls.)

IFEEDIE
C
TA
CO
F
N
SO
I
F
C
U
D
R
O
N
RS
U
T
IF
D
T
S
T
E
X
O
UT
R
A
Z
Y
D
N
I
Z

8. Six bull’s-eyes and four chocolate balls cost $1.20, and four bull’s-eyes and six chocolate balls cost $1.30. Using the same logic, how much will one chocolate ball cost?

9. Fill in the blanks in order to complete the word below.

I _ _ _ R _ _ _ I _ _ A L _ _

10. The names of three flowers have been interwoven below. Find the flowers. (Hint: The first two letters of the first word are “A” and “Z.”)

A H H Z Y Y A A D L C R
E I A N A N T G H E A

11. Jimmy’s mother finally emptied all his pockets and found the change from his lunch money. She found a total of $4. There was an equal number of nickels, dimes, and quarters. How many of each coin did she find?

12. The following 14 letters can be rearranged into a four-word Irish greeting.

E G H I M N N O O O P R T T ‘

Bonus Question:
The Cerambycids, or cerambycidae, are a family under the order Coleoptera, meaning “sheath-wing.” What is the common name for all organisms in this order?


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 www.us.mensa.org/americanway 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 © 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.