Mensa Quiz

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1 Two numbers total 96 when added together. One is three times as large as the other. What are the numbers?

2 Which of the places below is least like the others? (The difference has nothing to do with vowels, consonants or syllables.)


3 In a footrace, Ben was neither first nor last. Ken beat Adam, Charlie beat Ben, Ben beat Ed but was beaten by Ken, and Adam beat Charlie. Who was last?

4 To the best of our knowledge, only one word can be made from all of the letters below, using each letter only once. Can you figure out what the word is?


5 A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a comment on today’s language usage. Work out the code to decipher the original words.

10 2-14 2-7-19-2-10-5 21-16 8-16
10-15-21-16 2 20-21-16-19-6 21-9-2-21
2-5-23-6-19-21-10-20-6-20 2
14-16-15-20-21-6-19 20-2-13-6. 10
5-16-15’-21 15-6-6-5 2 14-16-15-20-21-6-19.

6 What do each of the following words have in common?


7 Miranda is now half as old as her brother Prospero. In two years, she will be as old as he is now. In 10 years, she will be three times as old as he is now. How old are they now? (Hint: Neither one is a teenager yet.)

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

I can’t ______my friend for 
seeking a ______ on her oven. 
There is a price-______ store she 
likes, but I don’t like their service.

BONUS QUESTION: Who were the Jacobins?

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top 2 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 co-author of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2010 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2011 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.