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Official Mensa® Challenge – February 2021

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

U _ _ H _ R A _ _ _ R _ S _ _ C

 

  1. Complete the couplets below with words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently.

It’s not permitted, not ______________ To read your paperback ______________

Her haircut left her almost ______________ She grabbed a tissue and she ______________

My broker called me on his ______________ To tell me not to buy, but ______________

The transit worker wasn’t ______________ And made me pay an extra ______________

 

  1. What one letter, indicated by the question mark, combines with the letters in each box to form a common word?
H          A

R

D          A

E        S

 

L

U

O       A

?
E

A

T

L            O

L

D

A

R       I

 

  1. There is only one common English word that is an anagram of DIRECTIONS. What is it?

5. Some greedy parents raided their daughter Melissa’s piggy bank. They got out a grand total of $8.20, with the same number of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. How many of each?



Answers

  1. UNCHARACTERISTIC
  2. allowed, aloud; bald, bawled; cell, sell; fair, fare
  3. Z (HAZARD, ZEALOUS, LIZARD, ZEALOT)
  4. DISCRETION
  5. $20 (The total value of one penny, one nickel, one dime and one quarter is 41¢. $8.20 ÷ $0.41 = 20. Therefore, there are 20 of each coin in the piggy bank.)