This is from the Mensa quiz that appeared in the September issue of American Way magazine.
First unscramble the following to obtain the five disguised words.
Then tell which of the five is least like the others. It’s semantics only, not form.
Submit your answer in the comments section below
Update and answer
Obviously the five words are
Nicko comments (see below) that the odd word out is “house,” because all the others contain letters spelling an animal:
My answer is the odd word is “scatter,” because it’s a verb and all the others are nouns.
Mensa again, courtesy of American Way magazine.
These letters can be arranged (adding spaces) to form a famous five-word naval slogan. What is the slogan?
I will provide a hint later this week. Post your answer in the comments section.
I may never run out of these, and I’m piling airline miles in the process. Here is another Mensa puzzle from American Way magazine. The word for today is NEOTROPICAL.
Rearrange the letters in NEOTROPICAL to form another English word. Mensa believes there is only one such word. It took me less than two minutes to find the word, using the method I described in a previous Quiz Question post. Don’t use an anagram finder to solve this one. Submit your answer as a comment below.
Here’s another one for you frequent fliers. It’s from a copy of American Way and contributed by Mensa:
Here are six words:
Which of the six is least like the others. The difference has nothing to do with letters or syllables. Post your answer as a comment below.
If you have ridden on an airplane recently, then you possibly already know this one. It’s from the Mensa quiz in American Way magazine.
Rearrange the letters in the word DOMINATION to form another English word. Post your answer as a comment below.
Update and solution
This might look difficult at first, and you do need to apply a healthy vocabulary. However, you can use an approach that gets the process going. Look at the clue word. It ends in “tion.” which a lot of English words do. A good start is to presume the solution also ends in “tion.” Then solve using the remaining letters, and soon you come to “ADMONITION.”
More fun with word games…
37 years ago I was taking a course in database design, and the professor got onto the subject of data security. He discussed how contents of a file could be encrypted to protect your information from prying eyes. To illustrate, he wrote two lines of text on the board:
Then he turned to the class, pointed to the board, and asked, “What is this?”
I had been watching as he was writing and had started running some stuff through my head.
“Anybody?” the professor inquired.
I raised my hand.
He said, “Yes?”
I said, “Well the top one is a …,” and here I inserted an encryption technique. “And the second one is …,” and I mentioned another method.
The professor looked a little unsettled. “But what do these mean?”
So I told him.
Today’s question (problem) is, translate the two lines of text. Post your answer as a comment below. I will post a hint tomorrow if nobody has the solution by then.
Update and answer
Greg got it right. I was looking at the words. What had about that many letters? What course was I sitting in? Database Design. Bingo. Then my cruel nature emerged. The professor asked how I did that. I told him I had experience with that sort of thing, and I didn’t say any more.
Another update and correction
Mike has pointed out the obvious. The top line of text has an extra B. My bad. I scanned this line not enough times to spot the error. I apologize for posing a Quiz Question with no answer. Here are the two lines of text that make sense.
American Airline frequent fliers already know this one. Here are the letters:
List the common English words that can be formed using all of the letters once in the word? Post your answer as a comment below.