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Official Mensa® Challenge – November 2023

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1. In a go-cart race, Rose was neither first nor last. Rose came in after Cindy. Jean beat Roger. Roger beat Beth. Cindy beat Beth but not Roger. Who was last?

2. A well-known statement is put into a very fancy language below. Can you put it back into everyday English?

It is impossible to determine the quality of a collection of folios bound together by examining only its exterior.

3. A palindrome is a word, sentence or group of words that reads the backward or forward.  

When the mother of the palindrome twins wanted to call them, she would shout: 

     “Come here, O_ _ _ and B_ _, and bring P_ _. I need him, too.”

4. Find the anagrammed alternates to each of the following words.

     Tribes (2 words)

     Unable (2 words)

     Treads (3 words)

5. Find the six-digit number in which the first digit is one more than the second, the third and fourth digits are the sum of the first and second, the fifth digit is two less than the fourth, and the sum of the fifth and sixth digits equals the second. The sum of all the digits is 33.


1. Beth (Jean, Roger, Cindy, Rose, Beth)

2. You can’t tell a book by its cover.


4. Biters, Bestir; Nebula, Unbale; Daters, Stared, Trades 

5. 981,753

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