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. What four-letter verb is spelled the same but pronounced differently depending on whether it’s in the present tense or the past tense?

2. A statement has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into everyday English?

If an object, an individual or, in fact, anything is no longer in the field of vision of the person involved, it is highly probable that the intellectual faculties involved in processing that information will disappear from cognitive perception.

3. At the local dress shop, the designer dresses of last season were reduced by 25 percent. Those that were left were then reduced by 10 percent. How much was a $200 dress after the two reductions were applied?

4. To the best of our knowledge, only one good English word can be made from all of the letters in the word rescinded, using each letter only once. What is it?

5. In a single classroom, one-third of the pupils had red hair, one-half had brown hair and five had black hair. How many pupils were there altogether?

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

The idle _______ of the youngest flower girl distracted the waiter
who was carrying the _______ that held the wedding cake.

7. Choose the correct letter from each clue in the rhyme below. When put in order, the six letters will spell the answer to the riddle.

My first is in vase but not in jar.
My second in ink but not in tar.
My third in off but not in fun.
My fourth in lore but not in run.
My fifth in eight but not in two.
My last in net but not in new.
My whole a color pale in hue.

Bonus Question: How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all five letters once in each word? What are the words?


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Quiz © 2012 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years.