Mensa Quiz
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, the answers are below.

By Dr. Abbie F. Salny



1. A palindrome is a word, sentence, or group of words that reads the same forward or backward. Decipher this telegram sent by a Chinese zookeeper regarding an animal’s sleeping habits.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ N _ _.

2. Make your way from DISH to FOOD, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

D I S H
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _
F O O D

3. Jane is worth 18, Markus is worth 28, and Jason is worth 23. According to the same system, how much is Veronica worth?

4. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
From the __________ in the high mountains, the geologist followed the gold flecks on their __________ to the major mining fields.

5. Find the word that best completes the following sequence.
Cotton Ballad Reverse __________

      1) Watts
         2) Rattan
     3) Bills

6. Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

_ R C _ _ _ _ C _ _ R _ _

7. Unscramble the letters in each word below, then unscramble the order of the words to create a Tom Swifty sentence.
YM UTLFUIRLFY DSAI MTO PRSAENT
TREREID DNA NA TBGOUH LEPPA DROCHAR

8. An interesting thought 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 a B.)
     E     H     C     B     I     L     L     S
     C     K     F     O     D    M    Y     T
     S     S     P     E     E     A    B     R
     H     E     I     W     T     I     L     A
     T     E     C     T     A     L    E     V

9. The title of a well-known song has been put into very fancy language below. Can you put it back into its original form?
At one point, it was apparent to me, through my vision, that my immediate maternal progenitor was engaged in the process of osculation with a character often regarded as a child’s imaginary person.

10. What two-digit number’s digits, when added and their sum then squared, produce the original number reversed? (Hint: The original number is less than 25.)

Bonus Question: Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu are the trinity of what major world religion?






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1. Panda had nap.
2. DISH, DISK, RISK, RINK, RIND, BIND, BOND, FOND, FOOD
3. 36. (Consonants are worth five, vowels are worth four.)
4. Source, course
5. Rattan. Each word in the sequence contains at least two of the same consonant and vowel (not always in consecutive order).
6. Architectural
7. “My parents retired and bought an apple orchard,” said Tom fruitfully.
8. Bills travel by mail at twice the speed of checks.
9. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
10. 18
Bonus Question. Hinduism