In order to become a member of Mensa you must measure ‘a score at or above the 98th percentile on certain standardised IQ or other approved intelligence tests’, which is supposedly the measure of a true genius. Mensa International is the largest and oldest genius IQ circle jerking club in the world, and you won’t be surprised to discover that their entrance exam is actually difficult as hell.
I enjoy riddles and crossword puzzles as much as the next bro, basically everything that helps me keep my mind active. So when I came across this quiz on TIME.com that supposedly measures whether or not you are a ‘genius’ based on questions from the Mensa entrance exam I had to take it, but then I realized that these questions where actually hard as shit and not some stupid ass PlayBuzz quiz, they require some actual brain power. There are 10 questions in the TIME quiz, below are the questions and the answers are at the very end. Make sure to take your time with these. And if you’d prefer the interactive version of these questions you can follow that link above and head on over to TIME.
1. What is the 4-digit number in which the first digit is one-fifth the last, and the second and third digits are the last digit multiplied by 3.
2. Jane went to visit Jill. Jill is Jane’s only husband’s mother-in-law’s only husband’s only daughter’s only daughter. What relation is Jill to Jane?
3. Which of the two words below is at least like the others? The difference has nothing to do with vowels, consonants or syllables: MORE, PAIRS, ETCHERS, ZIPPER
4. Tabitha likes cookies but not cake, likes mutton but not lamb, like okra but not squash. Following the same rule will she like cherries or pears?
5. What is the number that is one more than one-tenth of one-fifth of one-half of 4,000?
6. In a race, Jerry wasn’t first or last. Janet beat Jerry, Jerry beat Pat. Charlie wasn’t first or last. Charlie beat Rachel. Pat beat Charlie. Who came in last?
7. Find the number that best completes the following sequence: 1 2 4 7 11 ? 22
8. Marion bought 4 oranges and 3 lemons for $.90. The next day she bought 3 oranges and 4 lemons for $.85. How much did each lemon and orange cost?
9. Star with the number of total mittens 3 kittens lost, and multiply by the voting age in the U.S. What’s the answer?
10. There is at least one nine-letter word that contains only one vowel. Do you know what it is?
Got your answers ready?
Here they are:
2. Jane’s daughter (Jane’s mother’s husband is Jane’s father, his daughter is Jane, and Jill is her daughter)
3. Zipper, the others can be anagrammed into the names of cities (Rome, Paris, Chester)
4. Cherries, Tabitha only likes food with two syllables.
5. 41 (4000/2=2000,/5=400,/10=40,+1=41)
7. 16, each number adds 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 respectively to the proceeding number
8. Oranges cost $.15 each, and lemons cost $.10 each.
9. 216, 3 kittens @ 4 mittens each = 12×18. Kittens have 4 paws
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