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, click here for the answers. By Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a quote uttered by Barbie. Decipher the code to work out the quote.

9 1-13 18-5-1-12-12-25 15-12-4
5-14-15-21-7-8 20-15 8-1-22-5
19-5-20-20-12-5-4 15-14 1

2. Ryan likes baseball but not hockey, he likes listening but not speaking, and he likes Detroit but not New York. Following the same rule, will he like Chicago or San Francisco?

3. The following saying has been put into very fancy language. Put it back into standard English. Precipitation of liquid, not the crystallized type, does not occur in minimal quantities but in undesired abundance.

4. Fill in the following word square with four words that read the same across and down. You will use five R’s, five E’s, three S’s, two O’s, and one V.




5. Marion and Maureen went holiday shopping for their nephews and nieces. At their first stop, they spent half of what they started with plus $10 for dolls. At the next stop, they spent half of what was left plus $10 for toy-train accessories. At the last stop, they bought Christmas ornaments with half of what was left. There was $10 left for snacks. How much did they start with? (Hint: Work backward.)


6. Make your way from want to give in only five steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

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Bonus Question: What French finance minister who served during the eighteenth century and was known for his miserly policies lent his name to a minimalist art form?

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 © 2008 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa Limited from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). The 2008 edition of the calendar is available for sale now.