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

The counselor worried a good deal about his
young charges. He checked his __________
twice on the bus before the boys arrived at the
__________ for their vacation.

2. Start with the number of dalmatians in the movie, subtract the number of years in a decade, subtract the number that is the square of three, and then add the number of legs on a tripod. What number do you get?

3. Unscramble the 14 letters below to make a common four-word phrase that means “very depressed.”


4. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a classified ad. Work out the code to decipher the original words.

6-15-18 19-1-12-5: 19-9-26-5–20-5-14
23-8-9-20-5 16-18-9-14-3-5-19-19–
19-20-25-12-5 23-5-4-4-9-14-7
7-15-23-14. 5-24-3-5-12-12-5-14-20
3-15-14-4-9-20-9-15-14 -- 23-15-18-14
15-14-3-5 15-14-12-25.

5. What one three-letter syllable can be placed in the blanks below to make four different words?

BR _________
CL _________
SPR _________
WR _________

6. Think of a word that means “to frighten,” and then remove the first letter of that word to get a word that means “to be concerned.” Think of a word that means “extra,” and then remove the first letter of that word to get a word that means “to cut off the skin of.”

7. Jane has twice as many sisters as she has brothers. Her brother James has five more sisters than he has brothers. How many boys and girls are there in the family? (Hint: There are no more than 10.)

8. Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

E _ I _ _ E _ _ I _ _ I _ _

Bonus Question: What movie star first went by the name Maurice Micklewhite?

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 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 2009 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.