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2021 Mensa Answers

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  1. mopes, poems
  2. 16 (Two series, the first is 1, 2, 3; the second is the number squared.)
  3. 51¢ (Consonants are worth 7¢; vowels are worth 10¢.)
  4. NEGATIVISM (The missing letter is “V.”)
  5. CAN (CANDOR, CANCEL, CANDID, CANDLE)
L I K E
I D E A
K E P T
E A T S

 

  1. aspired, despair, praised
  2. Noah was on the Ark, not Moses.
  3. 12 months. They all have 28 days.
  4. Donald
  5. 25 25 “Two series, the first is 30, 29, 28…; the second is 20, 21, 22…”
  6. track meet
  7. minute, tear, content
  8. It can’t be done. If one portrait takes ten hours, no number of painters can do one in five hours
  9. Experience is what you get after you need it.
  10. CASH, BASH, BASK, BANK (There could be other ways.)
  11. $825 (300 ÷ 2 = 150 @ $5= $750) + (1/4 x 300 = 75 @ $3 = $225) + (1/4 x 300 = 75 @ $2 = $150) = $1,125 – $300 = $825)
  12. The missing letter is “W”: COWARDLY, WONDERFUL, WINNING, WATCHES.
  13. $2 (Each syllable is worth $1.)
  14. 5 (7 ‑ 5 [glass] = 2; + 3 = 5)
  15. 15 (The top number is multiplied by 2 for the lower left number; the top number is multiplied by 3 for the lower right number; all numbers in the corners of the triangles are added together and divided by the top number for the center.)
  16. “I really don’t think people will ever love cars the way they love their horses.” (Code – A = Z, B = A, C = B, etc.)

 

  1. a) piece, peace b) tide, tied c) wry, rye
    W     O    W   
    I     R    I     S
   G     E    N     T
      S    K     Y

 

  1. PORT (PORTRAY, PORTEND, PORTAGE, PORTICO)
  2. two girls and three boys. G + 1 = 3(G-1).
  3. DRAPERIES and DESPAIRER. The missing letter is “S.”
  4. a) cries, scribe b) regal, garble c) atlas, basalt d) yearn, nearby
  5. a) warts, straw b) evil, live  c) ward, draw d) step, pets
  6. CHEDDAR, ROQUEFORT, LIMBURGER
  7. FAIL, PAIL, PALL, PALS, PASS (There may be others)
  8. A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED.
  9. A ROAD MAP TELLS YOU EVERYTHING EXCEPT HOW TO REFOLD IT.
  10. Thirteen triangles
  11. My hairdresser wants to dye my hair this awful red, but I really want royal purple.
  12. Are a slim chance and a fat chance identical?
  13. 30 miles. 20 hours up and 15 hours down
  14. NUPTIALS
  15. Her great nephew. (Her mother-in-law’s only daughter’s only daughter is Pat’s niece. The niece’s husband’s son is Pat’s great nephew.)
  16. 183 + 276 = 459, 186 + 273 = 459, 173 + 286 = 459
  17. Margot likes unknown authors. She only likes words with a silent letter.
  18. JACINTH; JANISSARY; JEFFERSONIAN
  19. SMART
  20. 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)
  21. 123,654
  22. Each can be anagrammed into a word that names an occupation: TAILOR, BAKER, TEACHER, COBBLER.
  23. WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY.
  24. mastered, streamed
  25. 31 (A = 6, X = 7, Y= 8, Z = 9)
  26. brides, debris
  27. WINNIPEG, ANNAPOLIS, SARASOTA
  28. E (Subtract the second number from the first and take the first letter of the spelled-out result: eight.)
  29. 16 (3 + 12 + 1)
  30. Rachel is ten, Ryan is four.
  31. Did you notice that Camelot can be anagrammed into male cot? (Code: A = 26, B = 25, C = 24, etc.)
  32. ARMATURE
  33. Palm, Endive, Deodar, Aspen
  34. 62 (the days of the month doubled)
  35. Because ships going through the canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific don’t go east to west, but from west to eat. The isthmus has a sharp bend and ships sail east from the Atlantic.
  36. The missing letter is “Q”: QUESTION, INQUIRY, INQUEST, QUICK.

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