The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers? By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

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

2. A brief note is coiled in the grid below, written by a student who flunked a multiple-choice test. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with a B.)

    E    T    F    N    O
    V    H    O    E    N
    O    E    U    T    M
    B    A    B    I    A

3. All the vowels (including Y) have been removed from the following quotation. Can you read it?
4. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
The poor suffering woman found out that her _______ was _______ caused by dust mites.

5. Becky has twice as many brothers as she has sisters, and her brother Darren has twice as many sisters as he has brothers. How many siblings are there in the family? (Hint: There are no more than 10.)

6. A palindrome is a word, sentence, or group of words that read the same backward and forward. Find the following palindrome:
Help! A mouse got into the local church.
_ _  _ _ _ _ _  _ _  _  _ _ _

7. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is one more than the second, the second is one more than the third, the third is one more than the fourth, the fourth is one more than the fifth, the fifth is five less than the sixth, and the sixth is one more than the first. The sum of all the digits is 21.

8. Lynda was trying to arrange her toy soldiers in even rows. At five across, she had four left over; at six across, she had one left over; at eight across, she had one left over; and at 12 across, she had one left over. What is the smallest number of soldiers she could have that would give her even rows, and how many would be in each row?

9. Take a word that means “avoided a hit,” and then change one letter to find the past tense of a verb that means “made a sibilant sound.”

Bonus Question: Hop-Frog and Trippetta are the lead characters in a short story by what author?

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
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 © 2007 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 on sale now.