Mensa Quiz

The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, try our Puzzle and Quiz Answers page

1 The following puzzle consists of one word that can be split into two words.

One word: put in a different position
Two words: 1) peruse
2) equitable

2 Find a word that means “story,” then change the first letter to find a word meaning ”healthy.” Find a word that means “correct,” then change the first letter to find a word meaning “power.”

3 Jim is three times as old as Jane was two years ago. In 10 years, Jane will be as old as Jim is now. How old are they now? (Hint: Jane is not yet a teenager.)

4 A familiar tongue twister is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. (Hint: Start with an “H.” Three nulls.)

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5 Charlie was buying things for his holiday party. He spent one-third of what he had plus $3 on plates and tablecloths, then one-third of what was left plus $2 on food, then half of what was left plus $10 on soda. He then had $10 left for potato chips and other snacks. How much did he start with?

6 How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all six letters once in each word?


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

The beautiful horses with their 
flowing _____ showed that the owner 
had considerable _____.

BONUS QUESTION: What is an analemma?

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.