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 If you add the digits of a certain two-digit number and multiply the sum by itself, you will get the original number with the digits reversed. Can you find the number?

2 The 15 letters below can be anagrammed into a familiar location in every supermarket.


3 One pizza maker can make one pizza in six minutes (not including baking). If a pizzeria owner? gets an order for 60 pizzas, how many pizza makers does he need to fill the order in one hour?

4 What one four-letter word can be added in the blanks below to make three different words?

DE ____
COCK ____
FAN ____

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

“These are magnificent _______,” said the tourist. “We’ve seen some lovely art before on our _______ but nothing like this.”

6 Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is twice the third, the second is the sum of the first and third, the fourth is double the third and the last is the sum of the third and fourth. The sum of all of the digits is 33.

7 What is the number that is one-tenth of one-half of one-third of 9,000?

8 Start with the original area code used to denote toll-free calls, divide by the number of senators in the U.S. Congress, then add the number of Supreme Court Justices. What number do you get?

9 Which of the places below is least like the others? (The difference has nothing to do with vowels, consonants or syllables.)


BONUS QUESTION: What is the meaning of “purdah”?

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.