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


1. The following 20 letters can be anagrammed into a six-word phrase meaning “just about worthless.”
A A B E F H H I L L N N O O O R S T T W

2. The Great Detective was investigating a murder in the United States. The chief suspect said, “I’m new to the area, so I just followed directions and turned south onto Interstate 46.” The Great Detective knew he was lying. How?

3. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same nine letters, can be used to complete the sentences below?
We watched the cook _________ the beef on a string.
The meat was _________ for hours, 
making it very tender.

4. Charlie wants to pay a visit to his mother-in-law’s husband’s only son’s only daughter. Whom does he want to visit?

5. There’s a local candy store that charges some unusual prices. A chocolate bar costs 50 cents, a soda costs 16 cents, and a peppermint costs 44 cents. According to the same system, how much will a lollipop cost?

6. A well-known adage has been put into very fancy language. Put it back into the original words.
It is not possible to determine with certainty exactly what is contained within a particular literary form simply by examining its outer binding.

7. What one three-letter word can be added to the blanks below to make a new word in each case?
T___er
Sp___
Desp___

8. Rachel has five times as many brothers as she has sisters, but her brother Ryan has only half as many sisters as he has brothers. How many siblings are in the family? (Hint: There are no more than 10.)

9. Start with the number of King Cole’s fiddlers, multiply that by the number of Columbus’s ships, then add to that the number of witches in Macbeth. What number do you get?

10. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a quote. Work out the code to decipher the original words. Billy the Kid:
H  VNMCDQ  VGZS  SGDX’KK  BZKK  LD  VGDM  H  FQNV  TO.

Bonus Question: The 1987 film Empire of the Sun, directed by Steven Spielberg, was based on the novel of the same name by what author?


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Quiz © 2017 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.