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Official Mensa® Challenge – September 2020

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Quiz © 2018 Dr. Abbie F. Salny

1. Margot likes knights but not battlers; she likes writing but not typing; she likes to listen but not to sing. Does she like an unknown or a famous author?


2. Each of the following words contains the letters JAN in order. They may contain another J or A or N, which does not appear in the lines shown. Using the definitions, fill in the words.

A variety of semiprecious stone, a color either blue or orangy: J A _ _ N _ _
A type of soldier: J A N _ _ _ _ _ _
Pertaining, now, to the Democratic party of the U.S., but originally with a slightly different meaning. Adjectival form of politician’s name: J _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A N


3. One letter can replace the first letter of each word pair shown below so that two new English words are formed. Place the letter you have used for both words on the line between the words.

(Example: RAIN _____ DARK = MAIN M MARK). When you have finished, the new letters will spell out a new English word.

MAIL       ___    PINK
CART      ___    SAID
GRID       ___    RIMLESS
LINK        ___    BOUND


4. A local bottling company gives a rebate on empty. The company can make 1 bottle from every 7 that are returned. If Jack brings back 49 bottles and gets 5¢ for every new bottle that can be made from them, how much does he collect?


5. Find a six-digit number in which the first digit is one less than the second, the fourth digit is three more than the third, the fifth digit is one less than the fourth and the last digit is one less than the fifth. The sum of the first and third digits equals the last, the sum of the second and last digits equals the fourth and the sum of all the digits is 21.


  1. Margot likes unknown authors. She only likes words with a silent letter.
  3. SMART
  4. 40¢ (35¢ for the 7 that can be made from the 49 and an extra nickel for the one more that can be made from the 7)
  5. 123,654