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Official Mensa® Challenge – January 2021

Are you ready for Mensa?

American Mensa is where brilliance belongs – it’s where friendships are forged for life, business connections and opportunities are made, and where brilliant minds find the chance to engage with others in an intellectually stimulating environment.

Just for LOCAL Life readers: Take the Mensa Practice Test for just $5! Visit and use offer code: Local20.

1. Make your way from COAST to SLIDE in seven steps, changing one letter at a time to make a common English word at each step.

COAST > _ _ _ _ _ > _ _ _ _ _ > _ _ _ _ _ > _ _ _ _ _ > _ _ _ _ _ > _ _ _ _ _ > SLIDE


2. The names of three cities from the same U.S. state are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

“Watch out for that kayak,” Ron said on Sunday to no one in particular, raising the panic level and upsetting the crowd.”


3. Find a six-digit number in which the first digit is one more than the third, the second digit is one less than the fourth, the fifth digit is one less than the third, and the sixth digit is one more than the fourth. The sum of the second and third digits equals the first. The sum of all the digits is 30.


4. What letter would logically replace the question mark in the sequence below?

A E F H I K L M N ?


5. Nick is one-fourth his grandfather’s age. Five years ago, he was one-fifth his grandfather’s age. How old are Nick and his grandfather now?


  2. Akron, Dayton, Cleveland
  3. 918273
  4. T (the next letter in the alphabet with only straight lines.)
  5. Nick is 20; his grandfather is 80.