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, scroll down on this page. 

By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Millie is now four times as old as her daughter, Pam. In eight years, Pam will be two-fifths her mother’s age. Four years ago, Millie was seven times as old as Pam. How old are they now?

2. To the best of our knowledge, only one other word can be made from all of the letters in the word antagonist. Can you figure out what it is?

3. Fill in the blanks below to complete four words that contain the word ant.

A N T _ _ _ _ _ (front)
A N T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (before the war)
A N T _ _ _ _ (part of a hoofed animal)
A N T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (before the flood)

4. What one four-letter syllable can be added in the blanks below to make a new word in each case?


5. The sentence coiled in the grid below will answer the question: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an O.)

6. Fill in the following word square using three E's, two each of the letters A and D, and one each of the letters O and M so that each word can be read both across and down. (The grid will have a total of 16 letters.)

7. Fill in each blank below with a word that has the same meaning as the words on either side.

Form of precipitation ________ Greeting
Part of a wheel __________ Uttered
Union term __________ Assault
Allow __________ A license

8. The first and last two letters are the same in each of the following words. Fill in the missing letters to complete the words.

AL _ _ V _ AL
AL _ _ _ R _ _ _ AL
TE _ _ _ _ TE
ED_ _ _ R _ _ _ _ _ ED

9. Unscramble the letters in each pie segment then find the missing letter that completes each word. The missing letter, indicated by the question mark, is the same for each word.

Bonus Question: Name two of the three great Greek writers of tragic drama.


Mensa Answers

1. Millie is 32, and Pam is eight.
2. Stagnation
3. Anterior, antebellum, antlers, antediluvian
4. TAIN (maintain, obtain, contain, retain, detain)
5. "Oops, sorry, I forgot my calculator."
7. Hail, spoke, strike, permit
8. Alluvial, algebraical, template, editorialized
9. Request, baseline, valleys, surely (the missing letter is s)
Bonus Answer: Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides (any two are acceptable)