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Official Mensa® Challenge – April 2023

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1. What three six-letter words that are anagrams of one another can be used to complete the sentence below?

The man tried to __ __ __ __ __ __ his friend to  __ __ __ __ __ __  to some secret conversations, but the telephone stayed  __ __ __ __ __ __ .

2. Susan likes papaya, coconut and cucumbers. Would you expect Susan to prefer carnations, lilies or tulips?

3. In each row, change the first letter of the two words to a different letter (the same letter for both) to form two new words. Write the new letter in the blank. These letters will form a word reading down.

Fond ___ Waffle

Mural ___ Dote

Serial ___ Clone

Moose ___ Formal

4. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a “quote.” Work out the code and decipher the original words.

Jack and Jill:



5. Can you find the two numbers that fit the following description?

The first number doubled plus the second equals 32.

The second number is one less than the first.


  1. enlist, listen, silent
  2. Lilies (Susan likes things that start with the same pair of letters twice)
  3. BRAN
  4. We really should install running water. (Code: B = A, C = B, D = C, etc.)
  5. 11 and 10 (An algebraic equation is 2F + (F – 1) = 32.)

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