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

1. Carrie is twice as old as Jean. Five years ago, Carrie was three times as old as Jean. In five years, Jean will be three-fifths Carrie’s age. How old are they now?

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

The bird watchers were so interested in the new ______ that had chosen to nest nearby that it was necessary to put up a ______ around the area to protect the bird.

3. Meg’s local train station is one mile away from her house. It takes her 10 minutes to bike there. Today, Meg got a flat tire 12 minutes before the train was scheduled to arrive at the station. Her maximum walking speed is 4 miles per hour. Was she able to make the train in time on foot?

4. Find the word that fits the definitions below when it’s 1) a whole word and 2) divided into two words.

1) Whole word: factory lunchroom
2) Two words:
a) a container b) a young person

5. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentence that you see just below?

The would-be man-about-town spent an inordinate amount of time cultivating society friends so that he could _______ around to as many _______ as he liked.

6. Rearrange the words below to form the names of four plants.

Lamp     Envied      Adored      Panes

Bonus Question: An eight-letter word appears in the box below. Find it by beginning with the correct letter and moving clockwise or counterclockwise around the box, using each letter only once.

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Quiz © 2012 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.