Menza 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, the answers are on the Puzzle and Quiz Answers page. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny



1. Which of these words best completes the series?
Abacus   Return   Desktop   Topper   ________

1) Slide   2) Basket   3) Bicycle   4) Working

2. The answer below is a palindrome. (A word, sentence, or group of words that reads the same forward and backward.)
A slang description of a hairpiece worn by a learned man.
_ _ _ _    _ _ _

3. Which of the following is least like the others? The difference has nothing to do with vowels, consonants, or syllables.
Oahu   Madagascar   Ireland   Italy

4. Jack likes to play golf, and his favorite partner is his father-in-law’s only daughter’s only brother. Who is he?

5. Some encouragement is hidden in the lines below. Can you find it?
You need to think long and hard.
You can do it.
When you find the clue,
you will know this is right.

6. Unscramble the letters in each word below, and then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence.
I  LYSWAPSIH  DIAS  MTO  OT  MA  NGISTS  LLARCGIE  YLXEEERTM  EBE

7. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same eight letters, can be used to complete the second sentence below?
The young man brought in his bank statement and pointed out an error. The manager ________ that the error be corrected and that the account be ________ with the missing money.
8. Find the five-digit number in which the last digit is double the first digit; the first and third added equal the last; and the last digit minus the fourth equals the second, which is one less than the first and two less than the fourth. The sum of all the digits is 24.

9. Fill in each blank below with a word that has the same meaning as the words on either side.
musical instrument ______ dwell on
not heavy __________ to illuminate
color ________ to darken, as toast

10. Take a word that means “worship” or “adore,” then change one letter and find a word that means “strict.”

Bonus Question: Using the sieve of Eratosthenes, what are you separating out?


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 © 2007 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2007 edition of the calendar is on sale now.