The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Without seeking the assistance of fellow passengers, can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are at to bottom of this page.

By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Find the five-digit number of which the last digit is three less than the fourth, the fourth is one less than the third, the third is three less than the second, and the second is twice the fourth and one less than the first. The sum of all of the digits is 27.

2. The great detective was investigating a gambling ring on a ship. One suspect insisted that he had been a navigation officer on a ship that made the Panama Canal trip. He described plotting the ship’s course from east to west, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. How did the detective know that the man hadn’t been a navigation officer?

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

KNAB HTREES’ SYAS A NO HTE MTO DSIA
HET KEAIMST KHCEC ESGNIRELYD

4. A certain logic has been followed in placing the numbers in the boxes below. Complete the last box using the same logical progression.






5. Make your way from BEES to HIVE in exactly six steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

B E E S
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
H I V E

6. What do the two words below have in ­common?
ABSTEMIOUSLY FACETIOUSLY

7. Fill in the missing letters in the following sequence.
Q _ E _ _ _ _ I O _

8. A philosophical thought is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an I.)





9. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
The man who had trouble with an unknown harasser hired a __________ and told him to __________, as the statute of limitations was running out.

Bonus Question: Are the following books of the Old Testament classified by scholars as a major prophet, a minor prophet, or neither?
(Example: Ezekiel: major)

A. Isaiah
B. Nehemiah
C. Jonah
D. Daniel    


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MENSA ANSWERS



1. 98,541
2. The isthmus’s sharp bend forces ships going through the canal to sail east from the Atlantic.
3. “The bank says there’s a mistake on the check,” said Tom resignedly.
4. 35 (add the top corners and the bottom right)
5. BEES, BETS, BATS, HATS, HATE, HAVE, HIVE
6. Both have all the vowels in alphabetical order.
7. QWERTYUIOP (the top line of letters on a standard keyboard)
8. If at first you don’t succeed, maybe it can’t be done.
9. Sleuth, hustle
Bonus Answer:
A. Major
B. Neither
C. Minor
D. Major.