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 number 150 can be divided into two numbers, the smaller of which is 20 less than the larger. What are the two numbers?

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

The principal ______ the teacher’s lack of
discipline for the ______ that went on in his
classroom.


3. The first names of at least five people (three twice) are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

Across the shallow water marched the boys, who halted at once.

4. A comment about time is coiled in the grid. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an “M.”)

R U O Y F W A N A
L H O F U L W S I
I T N E E P A Y A
F S E V N S Y N D
E E N O D O T O M

5. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a comment on today’s language usage. Work out the code to decipher the original words.

BOPUIFS DMBTTJGJFE BE TBJE EPO’U
SVJO ZPVS DMPUIFT CZ ESZ-DMFBOJOH
UIFN ZPVSTFMG; MFU VT EP JU.


6. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the five letters you find will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in part but not in air.
My second in see but not in hair.
My third in can but not in date.
My fourth in wine but not in hate.
My fifth in you but not in news.
My whole a coin we daily use.


Bonus Question: What famous Washington, D.C., hostess is attributed with saying several variants of, “If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.”

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 © 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.