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By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal the “quote” below. Work out the code to de¬cipher the words.

Jack and Jill:
23-5’-22-5 4-5-3-9-4-5-4 14-15-20 20-15
20-1-11-5 21-16 13-15-21-14-20-1-9-14

2. Find the five-digit number in which the first digit is four more than the second, the second digit is two more than the third, the fourth digit is one less than the third, and the last is nothing. The sum of all the digits is 19.

3. Sam is now half as old as his sister Samantha. Four years ago, he was three-tenths her age. Six years ago, he was one-eighth her age. How old are they now?

4. Choose the word that best completes the following sequence.

Chain Instead Adore _____________
a.) Ignore b.) Reject c.) Inside d.) Over

5. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same seven letters, can be used to complete the sentences below?

The merchant was quickly forced to be a _____. An item that _________ for 2x dollars could not cost him more than 1x dollars.

6. Dolly always bikes to work. She leaves home one hour before her office building opens every workday. If she bikes at four mph, she arrives half an hour late. If she bikes at 12 mph, she arrives half an hour early and finds all the doors locked. How far away is her office from her home?

7. Think of a word for a kind of record; then, remove the first letter to get a word that means “central part.” Think of a word that means “to begin”; remove the first letter to get a word for a kind of pastry.

8. Start with the number of stars in the Big Dipper, multiply that by the number of Fates in Greek mythology, and then subtract the number of the winds. What number do you get?

Bonus Question: The 2003 film titled My Architect: A Son’s Journey was written and directed by the son of what well-known American architect who died in 1974?

American Mensa Limited, known as the High IQ Society, is an organization for individuals who have one common trait: a score in the top two 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 coauthor of the Mensa Think Smart Book. Quiz © 2009 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2010 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.