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.

1. Find a word that means “to arrive,” then change one letter to find a word for a geometric figure. Then find a word that means “solitary” and change the first letter to find a word for an exact duplicate.

2. Some letters have been removed from the names of cities in the list below. Fill in the missing letters to find out what they are.
C__ __ __ N__ __ __ E __
V__ __ __ __ E
B__ __C__ __ __ N __
__T __ __ K __ __ L M

3. Frank has one less sister than he has brothers. His sister Samantha has three more brothers than she has sisters. If there are no more than 10 children in the family, how many boys and girls are there?

4. Start with the number of sides on a cube, multiply that by the square root of 25, then add the number represented by the Roman numeral X. What number do you get?

5. Unscramble the names of four famous writers below.

ERNIAC      TSYAE      MKLREI      BLEARASI


6. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
After being in ____________, she found
herself_____________when she succeeded in
her TV role as an aspiring actress.


7. Which word below is least like the others?
KNIGHT      DAME      KNAVE      SCION


8. The 14 letters below can be anagrammed into a five-word phrase that represents the first step taken in achieving one’s goal. What is it?
I T F H O E O D O T O R N A


9. Can you find all the instruments at this mixed-up concert?
EHLNOOPXY    ACEILNRT
BEMNOORT    AGIRTU


Bonus Question: Which of Shakespeare’s plays gave us “The quality of mercy is not strained”?





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.