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

SYLAWA I OT ISENTGAITEV
HET DETAWN SNUAPTEURRLA
DIAS MOT ELYERI

2. When Jerry counted all his spare change, he found that he had $9.60 in nickels and quarters only. He also had the same number of nickels and quarters. How many of each coin did Jerry have?

3. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a “quote.” Work out the code to decipher the original words.

Robin Hood:
J’N SFBMMZ B CJH-DJUZ HVZ,
OPU B DPVOUSZ CPZ.

4. Make your way from SICK to WELL in only seven steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

S I C K
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
WELL

5. Start with the number of stars on the American flag and double it. Now subtract the number of legs on a quadruped, and then divide by the number of winds. What number do you have?

6. If seven trick-or-treaters can eat 14 candy bars in 30 minutes, how many candy bars can four trick-or-treaters eat in an hour?

7. A palindrome is a word, sentence, or group of words that reads the same backward and forward. Where is Tessa and what language is helpful there?

T _ _ _ _ ’ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _;
_ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ T

8. Susan is now two-thirds Pam’s age. Three years ago, she was half Pam’s age. Six years from now, she’ll be four-fifths Pam’s age. How old are Susan and Pam now? (Hint: Neither one is a teenager.)

9. Find a word that means “additional,” and then change one letter to get a kind of snake.

Bonus Question: Who wrote The Devils of Loudun?

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.