The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ organization. Can you provide the answers? If you find that you do need some help, the answers are on this page.
1. Place the same three-letter word in each blank below to make four different words.
HAT _ _ _
SAC _ _ _
SH _ _ _
2. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a “quote.” Work out the code to decipher the original words.
23-8-5-14 20-8-5 23-1-18 9-19
15-22-5-18 14-15-2-15-4-25 23-9-12-12
5-22-5-18 5-1-20 19-16-1-13 1-7-1-9-14
3. Martha is buying supplies for a Fourth of July barbecue. She spent half of what she had plus $5 for beef, then half of what was left plus $5 for vegetables, then one-third of what was left plus $10 for soda. She had $10 left for plastic utensils. How much did she start out with?
4. Each definition below applies to a word that begins with the name of a different animal. Can you find all three words?
b) To walk awkwardly _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (7 letters)
c) A royal spot made famous by a musical
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ (7 letters)
D I E
Bonus Question: The 18 letters below can be anagrammed into a five-word phrase describing something that’s hard to find. The enumeration is (1, 6, 2, 1, 8). What is the phrase?