The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are below.

By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Susan is now three-fifths of Samantha’s age. Five years ago, Samantha was five times as old as Susan was. Four years from now, Susan will be as old as Samantha is now. How old are they now? (Hint: Neither one is a teenager.)

2. Fill in each blank below with a word that has the same meaning as the words on each side but is pronounced differently for each definition.

Made of a black substance _______ To delay
Agreement __________ To shrink
Two-wheeled vehicle __________ Sulked

3. The owner of our local toy store has his own system of pricing items. A locomotive is $4, a balloon is $2, and a bicycle is $3. According to this same system, how much will a
costume cost?

4. Start with the number of Snow White’s dwarfs, subtract the number of letters in the type of slipper Cinderella wore, then add the number of musketeers in the title of Dumas’s famous novel. What number do you come up with?

5. Make your way from NICE to MEAN in only six steps, changing one letter at a time to form a good English word at each step.

NICE
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MEAN

 
6. Find the five-digit number in which the first two digits, read as a two-digit number, are three times the third, and the last two digits, read as a two-digit number, are twice the third. The sum of all the digits is 27.

7. Each of the following definitions can be answered by two words that rhyme.
Cone’s good catches
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Shining objects belonging to the god of war

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8. The names of two colors are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

I was tired and couldn’t make the pie or angel food cake I promised.

9. Bill, Alice, Dave, Ellen, and Frank were in a math contest. Bill was neither first nor last. Alice beat Bill. Frank was beaten by Dave. Ellen beat Dave and Frank. Bill beat Ellen. Who was first?

Bonus Question: The following breeds are types of what kinds of animals? (Example: A schnauzer is a dog.)

A. Poland China
B. Charolais
C. Maine coon
D. Lipizzan
E. Morgan



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MENSA ANSWERS


1. Samantha is 10 and Susan is six.
2. Tarry, contract, moped
3. $2. (Each syllable is worth $1.)
4. 5 (7-5=2+3=5)
5. NICE, MICE, MILE, MILD, MELD, MEAD, MEAN. (There may be other options.)
6. 27,918
7. Dave’s saves, Mars’s stars
8. Red, orange
9. Alice. (The order was Alice, Bill, Ellen, Dave, Frank.)
Bonus Question.
Poland China - Hog, Pig or Swine
Charolais - Cattle
Maine coon - Cat
Lipizzan - Horse
Morgan - Horse









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 © 2005 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing).