Much Ado About Mensa


Sunday 18th April 2021

Puzzlement #140

There were no responses to Puzzlement #139. 😕 🤓 This was the most complex sequence yet. It had a linearly increasing increment and alternating multiply and add function to each increment.

1, 2, 2, 4, 8, 11, 33, 47, ?

Answer: 188

1 + 1 = 2

2 * 1 = 2

2 + 2 = 4

4 * 2 = 8

8 + 3 = 11

8 * 3 = 33

33 + 4 = 47

47 * 4 = 188

On to the puzzle:

One absentminded ancient philosopher forgot to wind up his big clock hanging on the wall in the house. He had no radio, TV, telephone, internet, or any other means for telling time. So he traveled on foot to his friend’s place few miles down the straight desert road. He stayed at his friend’s house for the night and when he came back home, he knew how to set his clock.

How did he know?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #139

Sunday 11th April 2021

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #138, 8 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Lisa Gragg was: 101 – 102 = 1. David Mills was second and Ann DeVlaeminck was third.

On to the puzzle:

What’s next?
1, 2, 2, 4, 8, 11, 33, 47, ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #138

Sunday 4th April 2021

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #137, 6 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Andrew Poulos was: 13. Mike Riordan was second and Karen Van Allen was third.

On to the puzzle:

Fix the following equation 101 - 102 = 1 by moving just one single digit.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

[Editor’s Note: There have been gremlins, conspiring to keep the puzzlements out of the MAAM Digest. The Puzzlements are posted to the tumblr blog at 2:30 pm Sundays. I trust that the MAAM Digest, sent out the the eList at 3:00 pm will contain the posting from half and hour earlier, but alas, the gremlin’s randomly win and your view of the puzzlement in the Sunday email is delayed until the next MAAM Digest mailing as you may have noticed this past week when there were several postings on April 1 when I decided to issue a MAAM Digest every day at 3 pm. We’ll see who wins today. The MAAM is always viewable, 24/7 at https://gpm-maam.tumblr.com/.]

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April Birthdays

Friday 2nd April 2021
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April Mensaversaries

Friday 2nd April 2021
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Regional Coordinator Letter - April 2021

Thursday 1st April 2021

This spring seems full of hope that we may be coming to the end of this pandemic. We’ve been forced to adjust to a new way of doing things: to gather virtually instead of in person, to keep our distance and mask up, and to maintain mental health in forced isolation. It’s been hard for many of us. Some days, the most I’ve been able to manage is brushing my teeth and staying awake to watch TV. But now, there’s hope that we may be able to gather by the end of summer!

Registration for the World Gathering at the end of August is still open, and I hope you’ll consider coming. It will be the first in-person Mensa gathering I will have been to since the AG in 2019, and I’m so excited to see my friends again. Over the past year, I’ve become closer to people in Mensa through SO MANY ZOOM CALLS, but nothing beats meeting in person when it’s an option.

One thing you can do before the WG is vote in our election! Voting opens up on April 15th. We have four national positions that are contested – Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, and Treasurer. My race is not contested, so you’ll have me as your Regional Vice Chair (Region 9) starting in July. I currently have a voice but not a vote as your Regional Coordinator, and this election will give me a vote as well. Please consider your vote carefully. The direction of our organization matters, and we need solid leadership to guide us into what a modern social organization looks like.

If you’re looking for a musical outlet, Bill Paisner out of San Diego has put together a Region 9 virtual choir. We do about one song a month, the instructions are clear, and the finished product is enjoyed by many! Email him at wpaisner@post.harvard.edu if you’re interested. We’re especially looking for men to join us.

Stay safe and healthy, and let’s meet in person soon!

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Puzzlement #137

Sunday 28th March 2021

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #136, 8 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: Your name. Richard Morris was second and Ann DeVlaeminck was third.

On to the puzzle:

Who’s on first?
?, 22, 40, 76, 148

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #136

Sunday 21st March 2021

There was only one response to Ron Draney’s Puzzlement #135, Stephen Stuart confessed that he had to Google it and he should not be considered a winner. He does get credit for finding this: 

4 - The smallest number containing an alphabet letter abcdef:
thous(a)nd, (b)illion, o©tillion, hun(d)red, on(e) …
therefore:
(f)our is next.

On to the puzzle:

I belong entirely to you, but when in your company, others use me more than you do. What am I?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Letter to the Editor

Sunday 21st March 2021

From Jim Delton, GPM Member:

The American Mensa Board election will be coming up soon at the national level.  It will determine who leads Mensa for the next several years.  Some of those who will ask for your vote are incumbents.  Those incumbents and the current executive director have presided over a steady decline in membership and increase in expenses over the past several years in which they have been in charge.  
                           2013       2017       2020    Early March 2021                         Membership:  56,172    55,142    51,962    48,543
This is a near 2% drop in membership every year.

The incumbents have also presided over a steady increase in expenses with especially heavy increases in administrative type expenses.

                               2013        2017        2020      
Mgt. & Gen.          $492K      $768K    $1,017K
This is a 11% increase EVERY year at the same time membership declined
Total Expenses  $3,912K   $5,010K   $5,012K

This is a  3.6% increase EVERY year at the same time membership declined

In 2018 Dues were increased 13% to offset increased spending and membership loses.

At a recent National Board meeting a motion to rein in spending by putting limits on amounts and increases was voted down by the incumbent board.  In spite of nearly a decade of failure the incumbent board appears to plan to continue to do the same thing it has been doing yet expecting a different result. The current downward spiral is not a sustainable model.

It is time for a change in management with new board members and new ideas. The Mensa website contains the list of who is running and their campaign statements.  https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/elections/2021-election-portal/.  My reading of those statements suggests anyone desiring to see Mensa make much needed changes should  vote for:

Chair:  Timothy King
First Vice Chair: Peter DuDeck
Second Vice Chair:  Tony Belarmino (First choice)  and David McCallister (as second choice) Note: Mensa does ranked voting so you will need to rank your votes when more than two people are running for an office and 4 are running for Second Vice Chair.
Treasurer:  James Winschel III

There is also a bylaws referendum to be voted on.  It would extend the term of office for board members from 2 years to 3 years.  The reasons given to do so are weak and are not offset by the several deficiencies in the proposal. Those deficiencies are detailed on the Mensa site in the CON statement.  The most glaring objection to these extended terms is that it does not include any term limits. When Mensa International extended their terms they also included term limits.  I recommend a NO vote on the referendum. 

Please vote.

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GPM on Bikes Today!

Sunday 14th March 2021

Beautiful day for a ride! GPM’ers got together to ride along the Salt River in Tempe this morning. Steve Levinthal, Jen Zbylski, Mike Monroe, Sam Guy, Dave Pivin, and Gene Holmerud. We are starting in person events again. This will be a monthly ride.

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Puzzlement #135

Sunday 14th March 2021

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #134, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steve Sutlief was: 135. Steve Perlmutter was second and Ann DeVlaeminck was third.

On to the puzzle: (Thanks to Ron Draney)

Here’s one that is somewhat related to Puzzlement #132.

What’s the next number in this series:
     
        1,000
     
        1,000,000,000
     
        1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
     
        100
     
        1
     
        ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #134

Sunday 7th March 2021

There were 2 responses to Puzzlement #133, both had an acceptable answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was:

 1*(3+8)/(2+4+5+6+7+9). Edward Browne was second.

Note that there is more than one way to get 1/3, but none simpler mathematically than 5832/17496.

On to the puzzle:

Solve the following (each letter is a different digit):

CAT = (C + A + T) × C × A × T

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Regional Coordinator Letter - March 2021

Monday 1st March 2021

Hello, Region 9! I’m staring at this blinking cursor, unsure what to write. It’s been a stressful month, and things are finally starting to ease in some areas. I’ve been learning, again, the importance of communicating clearly but kindly with the people in all aspects of my life. I’ve thumbed through Radical Candor and Anatomy of Peace heavily this month. I wish just yelling at people worked, and I wish it didn’t take so much internal effort to see people as people and not objects. Alas.

We’re seeing this in Mensa and in our nation now too. Instead of correcting people kindly, while seeing them as people, we yell and demand that we be acknowledged and respected. As we continue with this election cycle in Mensa, please be mindful of each other’s backgrounds and feelings. Bad behavior should absolutely be called out, and ideas should absolutely be evaluated and criticized, but we can do this while still acknowledging the humanity of each other. I am not perfect at this, but I’m trying to improve.

Along with trying to speak respectfully to others, I’m also working on listening to understand. The fireside chats that I’ve had with each local group have been enlightening but also exhausting. I’m learning just how different we are. I’m doing my best to make you feel heard, and I hope it’s worked out okay. I’m modifying my initial idea of doing these each quarter to doing them twice a year with each local group. I think that will give us more to talk about in each one. If you have feedback between these chats, please reach out! rachelregion9@gmail.com

Rachel Kibler
Region 9 Coordinator
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Puzzlement #133

Sunday 28th February 2021

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #132, 6 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by David Mills was: The names of the numbers are in alphabetical order. Ron Draney was second and Andrew Ross was third.

On to the puzzle:

Can you arrange the numerals 1 to 9 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) in a single fraction that equals exactly 1/3 (one third)? 

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #132

Sunday 21st February 2021

There were 8 responses to Puzzlement #131, 7 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: 2. Steve Sutlief was second and John Bowers was third.

On to the puzzle:

What is unique about 8549176320 ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #131

Sunday 14th February 2021

There were 2 responses to Puzzlement #130 or #130 Redux, only one took a stab but confessed he had to use Google. Stephen Stuart found that the underlying sequence was the first 10 members of the list of all prime numbers (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29), then each was multiplied by 3 and reduced by 2. Then the final answer was that the first was 4 and last was 85. Looking for a pattern in differences would not give a simple answer. 

On to the puzzle:

If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Regional Coordinator Letter - February 2021

Thursday 11th February 2021

As humans, we demarcate life fairly arbitrarily. Most people start goals on Mondays, the starts of months, and the new year, but there’s nothing inherently special about any of those things. We’ve talked a lot about how 2020 was such an awful year, but nothing magical happened at midnight on January 1st. As a society, we have assigned significance and “fresh starts” where there really are none. I’m both amused by this and also determined to do better about going for walks outside… starting Monday.

We do have a fresh start with Mensa though! We’ve learned a lot in the last year about how to be in community when we’re separated. One thing I’m looking forward to is GLAAM’s Regional Gathering, coming up February 13th. StaRGazing will be entirely virtual. They have some wonderful speakers lined up, and there’s going to be a storytelling session in the evening. Reach out to Randall Mills at rjmills@gmail.com if you want to tell a story!

I’m working my way through the local groups to hear from members in my “fireside chats”. I’m anticipating these to be quarterly, and this first quarter is to figure out if people actually engage and want a call just for their local group. So far, I’ve meet with two groups. I’m doing a bunch in February, with my last one on March 1st. I hope you’ll join when the time comes! It’s your chance to say what’s on your mind about local and national Mensa issues. I look forward to meeting more of you.

We’re in an election cycle, and I would like to ask that you read candidate statements, reach out to candidates with questions, and participate in this. We have a referendum about extending the terms to 3 years, and if it passes, you’ll get people on the board for a lot longer than before. Please engage thoughtfully and elect people that you feel will advocate for the good of the organization and its membership. https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/elections/2021-election-portal/ has all the info about the election.

As always, if you have feedback, you can reach me at rachelregion9@gmail.com or by phone at 385.330.4422.

Rachel Kibler
Region 9 Coordinator

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Puzzlement #130 Redux

Sunday 7th February 2021

There were 17 responses to the original Puzzlement #130, however, NONE had the correct answer for A or Z, so the Grumpy Puzzlement Maven has decided to give you all another chance. The number for A is not 1. These numbers are not a matter of lateral differences like 6 or 12, rather they are the vertical result of the same manipulation applied to all elements of another sequence of ten numbers.

On to the puzzle once again:

Bookends: Find number for A and Z in this sequence. A, 7, 13, 19, 31, 37, 49, 55, 67, Z

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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February Mensaversaries

Monday 1st February 2021
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February Birthdays

Monday 1st February 2021
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Regional Coordinator Letter – February 2021

Monday 1st February 2021

mailto:rachelregion9@gmail.comFrom Rachel Kibler:

As humans, we demarcate life fairly arbitrarily. Most people start goals on Mondays, the starts of months, and the new year, but there’s nothing inherently special about any of those things. We’ve talked a lot about how 2020 was such an awful year, but nothing magical happened at midnight on January 1st. As a society, we have assigned significance and “fresh starts” where there really are none. I’m both amused by this and also determined to do better about going for walks outside… starting Monday.
We do have a fresh start with Mensa though! We’ve learned a lot in the last year about how to be in community when we’re separated. One thing I’m looking forward to is GLAAM’s Regional Gathering, coming up February 13th. StaRGazing will be entirely virtual. They have some wonderful speakers lined up, and there’s going to be a storytelling session in the evening. Reach out to Randall Mills at rjmills@gmail.com if you want to tell a story!
I’m working my way through the local groups to hear from members in my “fireside chats”. I’m anticipating these to be quarterly, and this first quarter is to figure out if people actually engage and want a call just for their local group. So far, I’ve meet with two groups. I’m doing a bunch in February, with my last one on March 1st. I hope you’ll join when the time comes! It’s your chance to say what’s on your mind about local and national Mensa issues. I look forward to meeting more of you.
We’re in an election cycle, and I would like to ask that you read candidate statements, reach out to candidates with questions, and participate in this. We have a referendum about extending the terms to 3 years, and if it passes, you’ll get people on the board for a lot longer than before. Please engage thoughtfully and elect people that you feel will advocate for the good of the organization and its membership. https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/elections/2021-election-portal/ has all the info about the election.
As always, if you have feedback, you can reach me at rachelregion9@gmail.com or by phone at 385.330.4422.

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Puzzlement #130

Sunday 31st January 2021

There were 13 responses to Puzzlement #129, only 4 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Thomas Varkey was: Light. Andrew Ross was second and Jeff Greenspan was third.

On to the puzzle:

Bookends: Find number for A and Z in this sequence.
A, 7, 13, 19, 31, 37, 49, 55, 67, Z

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #129

Sunday 17th January 2021

There were 17 responses to Puzzlement #128, 14 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by John Bowers was: 485. Ann DeVlaeminck was second and Steve Sutlief was third.

On to the puzzle:

I enter your house but don’t need a key.
I help you with tasks, and I do it silently.
I can be young, or quite old.
Easy to touch, but impossible to hold.
What am I?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #128

Sunday 10th January 2021

There were 8 responses to Puzzlement #127, 6 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Ann DeVlaeminck was: Remove the s (seven without the s is even). Peter Bergonzi was second and Jeff Greenspan was third.

On to the puzzle:

Find the missing number:

126, 63, 190, 95, 286, 143, 430, 215, 646, 323, 970, ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #127

Sunday 3rd January 2021

There were 32 responses to Puzzlement #126, 24 had the correct answer (some evaded the obvious answer and got creative), but the first one, submitted by Richard Morris was: He wrote “your exact weight.” John Forster was second and David Coast was third.

On to the puzzle:

How do you make the number 7 even without addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Friday 1st January 2021

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January Birthdays

Friday 1st January 2021
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January Mensaversaries

Friday 1st January 2021
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Regional Coordinator Letter – January 2021

Friday 1st January 2021

Happy New Year, Mensans in Region 9! Welcome to 2021, and may this year be better than 2020. The last year brought us a realization that we don’t need to be in person to build community, for which I am thankful. However, I’m excited about the prospect of being together again when we can be. I’ve built friendships with people across the country and been able to spend time with several groups in Region 9. I hope we have a mix of virtual and in-person events as things begin to open again. In the next few months, I will also be meeting with local groups individually to talk about Mensa and what you want to see. I hope you’ll join me when it’s your local group’s turn!

On a national level, we had our quarterly board meeting on December 12th. We had a productive session, revising some statements that clarify the charges of committees, debating a budget cap proposal, and generally trying to work more collegially together. LaRae Bakerink (our Chair) asked us to be more respectful of each other and our membership. Her opening statement was thoughtful and appropriately chiding of how we’ve been treating each other. Taz Criss (our Treasurer) walked us through the budget process and prepped us for understanding the consideration that goes into it before our vote in March. Ian Randal Strock (RVC 1) pointed out the twin towns program that Bill Zigo (our national SIGHT coordinator) has set up, and I hope some of you will look into it.

We are also in our election cycle for the 2021-2023 American Mensa board and International Mensa board. If you are interested in running for regional, national, or international office, reach out! If you want to set yourself up for running in the next cycle, I recommend getting involved at a local level and volunteering for a national committee. 

The first step for running for the American Mensa board is getting signatures to be able to appear on the ballot. You can view candidate petitions here: https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/elections/candidate-petitions/. You are eligible to sign for national offices and for RVC 9. Note that this is NOT a vote, it is merely a signature to let the person appear on the ballot. 

Happy New Year, and I hope this year brings you joy, health, and mental stimulation!

Rachel Kibler
Region 9 Coordinator

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Puzzlement #126

Sunday 27th December 2020

There were 26 responses to Puzzlement #125, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steve Sutlief was: 48. John Bowers was second and Bob Saigh was third.

On to the puzzle:

A boy was at a carnival and went to a booth where a man said to the boy, “If I write your exact weight on this piece of paper then you have to give me $50, but if I cannot, I will pay you $50.” The boy looked around and saw no scale so he agrees, thinking no matter what the carny writes he’ll just say he weighs more or less. In the end the boy ended up paying the man $50. How did the man win the bet?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #125

Sunday 20th December 2020

There were 12 responses to Puzzlement #124, only 3 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steven Perlmutter was: King and rightful heir are both hemophiliacs.  Rightful heir refuses blood test so he will chance bleeding to death. Diana McClure was second and Mike Riordan was third.

On to the puzzle:

What’s next?
3, 8, 15, 24, 35, ?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #124

Sunday 6th December 2020

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #123, only 5 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Peter Bergonzi was: popcorn [corn was also acceptable]. Brant Saperstein was second and Barry Mead was third.

On to the puzzle:

The king dies and two men, the true heir and an impostor, both claim to be his long-lost son. Both fit the description of the rightful heir: about the right age, height, coloring and general appearance. Finally, one of the elders proposes a test to identify the true heir. One man agrees to the test while the other flatly re-fuses. The one who agreed is immediately sent on his way, and the one who re-fused is correctly identified as the rightful heir. Can you figure out why?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Regional Coordinator Letter – December 2020

Tuesday 1st December 2020

From Rachel Kibler:

Happy December, you cool jazz cats! We’re getting serious about the cold here in Utah, while the rest of y’all are staying well above freezing, I believe. It’s unfair. At my house, the snow started falling before all the leaves did. My local group is planning on keeping us warm through monthly happy hours and talking about philosophy over coffee. All over Zoom, of course. I’ll need to supply my own coffee and bourbon. 

Look around at what your local group is doing and what others are doing, and show up to events and engage! It’s going to be a hard winter, and we need connection as much as ever. If local groups near you are meeting in person, it’s okay to show up to their events too. We have borders between groups for the sake of organization, but connecting with people goes beyond drawn boundaries. So, my Utah people in St. George, check out what Southern Nevada is up to! Hawaii, well, I don’t know how to help you there. Zoom is still great!

Scholarship applications are open now! If you know someone who is in college or planning to attend college, have them apply! This is one of our big ways of fostering intelligence and learning. We also need judges on the local and regional levels (mostly local). If you’re interested in reading essays, you can email Jenn Morris, scholarship@sandiegomensa.org, and she’ll put you where you’re needed. Or reach out directly to your local scholarship chair! If you don’t know who it is, contact your board. Judging is not burdensome—it only takes a few hours, so please help if you can. 

Kelly-marie Jones is going to be our regional ombudsman! She is a delightful woman with a strong background and interest in conflict management. I’m excited to work with her, though I hope I get to know her better through normal channels and not because there’s a lot of conflict in our region. 

If you need to get in touch with me, email rachelregion9@gmail.com or call 385.330.4422.

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December Mensaversaries

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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December Birthdays

Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Puzzlement #123

Sunday 29th November 2020

There were 15 responses to Puzzlement #122, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Evan Bauer was: 68. Ann DeVlaeminck was second and Kelly Clough was third. Kelly also found the solution for Extra Credit on Puzzlement #121: 99=9+8+7+6+5+43+21

[Ed Note - the automated Digest Sender failed to send out the posting with Puzzlement #121. In the future, if you don’t see it in the Digest that is sent out at 3:00 PM Sundays then click HERE. This link will also be in the header of the Digest.]

On to the puzzle:

Born in silk and covered in gold, I turn both more dull and more explosive when I grow old. What am I?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #122

Sunday 22nd November 2020

There were only 2 responses to Puzzlement #121, both had the correct answer. The first one, submitted by Steve Sutlief was: 7: 99=9+8+7+65+4+3+2+1. Steve Perlmutter was second. For “extra credit,” can anyone tell us how can it be done with only 6?

On to the puzzle:

What’s next in this sequence?
1, 4, 9, 18, 35, ? 

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #121

Sunday 15th November 2020

There were 15 responses to Puzzlement #120, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steve Sutlief was: 5 and 7. Paul Cottey was second and Michele Fleury was third.

On to the puzzle:

How many pluses should we put between the digits of 987,654,321 to get a total of 99, and where?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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Puzzlement #120

Sunday 8th November 2020

There were 22 responses to Puzzlement #119, all had the correct answer and the first one, submitted by Steve Sutlief was: 6,457. Steve Perlmutter was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

There are two numbers whose product added to the sum of their squares is 109, and the difference of whose squares is 24. What are the two numbers?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Ahoy, Greater Phoenix Mensa!

Wednesday 4th November 2020

I’m Jen Zbylski in Phoenix, Arizona and I spent most of the summer campaigning and fundraising for the Mr. Mensa pageant. This year was iconic in that women were invited to compete for the title of Ms. Mensa adjacent to the men running for Mr. Mensa. Since the pageant was online, we were challenged to be innovative and keep the attention of a far flung group of isolated Mensans. Zoom became our hangout, and the live virtual fundraisers hosted ranged from eating contests to lip syncing performances to late night truth or dare games. You may have seen me across all our Mensa Facebook groups dressed as a pirate around the clock, doing music videos, eating challenges, and messy food stunts. The pageant was the most fun and meaningful thing I’ve ever participated in. It brought joy, kept us connected, and all for a great cause! 

I’m so proud that my crew of Mensa pirates broke all fundraising goals and historical precedents. My campaign alone raised $10,082, one quarter of the combined total $42,731, for the Mensa Foundation. I was crowned as the first (and only?) Ms. Mensa! The only issue I took with the pageant format was that separate gender categories were unnecessary. Why not create an exciting fundraising pageant without gender being a qualifier? I know so many Mensans of all gender identities who could rock this thing! That’s why I took up calling myself Captain Mensa. Because Ms. And Mr. are charming in an antiquated sort of way, but Captain is powerful like a super hero or a pirate! Huzzah!

All my silly pirate antics rallied up a fine crew of folks needing to find their people online in these challenging times. “Where can I get a pirate costume like yours?” and “Can we go on a pirate cruise after all this is over?” were among many inquiries I fielded and I came up with an idea to keep the pirate fun rolling well into the future after the Ms. Mensa pageant ended. The creation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG)! A quick poll of those following my campaign on Facebook produced the name, Ahoy, M-atey! It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done finding ten active Mensans to volunteer to start the group, and my fellow pageant contestant and fundraising collaborator Sam Guy stepped up to become co-coordinator and my First Mate. 

After our official SIG status was confirmed, I penned an article for the Mensa Bulletin about it and an invitation for all to join. We were all thrilled to see the October 2020 Bulletin release with an amazing pirate on the cover! What better way to attract pirate enthusiasts to join in our fun? We also welcome non-Mensans and do most of our activities in our Facebook group for now. Pirate shenanigans are assured for future in person Mensa gatherings, so meet the crew now and we will see you aye-to-aye very soon! 

Join the Ahoy M-atey! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ahoymateysig

Follow Captain Mensa’s antics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/captainmensa

Read about the Mr. Mensa Pageant: https://www.mensafoundation.org/about-the-mensa-foundation/foundation-voices/mr-mensa-2020-raises-record-haul/

 Join Ahoy M-atey! if you’re not on Facebook by emailing jenzie@live.com

Cheers,
Captain Mensa
Jen Zbylski
Ms. Mensa 2020

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Puzzlement #119

Sunday 1st November 2020

There were 41(!) responses to Puzzlement #118, ALL had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 410. Steven Sutlief was second and John Schroeder was third.

On to the puzzle:

What is the next number in the series?

7,645  5,764  4,576…

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Regional Coordinator Letter – November 2020

Sunday 1st November 2020

From Rachel Kibler:

I think one of the things that we have in common as Mensans is that we are generally curious about things. This manifests in different ways, but I think we all strive to be interesting and be around interesting people. It doesn’t mean we have to read all the time, or play role-playing games, or be at the top of our chosen career field, or whatever else, but I know for me, my eyes light up when I hear about the things people are doing with their lives and their careers. Recently, someone was telling me about the challenges of building the new state prison complex. Each prison has different rules about who can be within sight and sound. And then how do you get a SWAT team in if there are riots in just one prison, and how do you make paths direct to the right prison for visitors who may not speak English? I found myself fascinated, regardless of how I feel about prisons. This person is someone I find really interesting, and I’m currently trying to recruit them for Mensa. I think they’d fit in well.

If you’re hosting events that are online and open to other local groups, post the info in the Region 9 Mensa Connect group! Posts reach everyone in our region. Some people are already posting things in there for conversation. It’s a way to be connected virtually without being on Facebook. By the time you read this in your newsletter, there should be a thread for people to talk about what they find interesting, whether it be prison layouts or mailbox design or whatever fits your fancy.

If you have someone in your life who is interested in taking the admission test for Mensa but can’t sit in a local testing session, you’re in luck! We’re now offering electronic testing. More info can be found on the website at https://www.us.mensa.org/featured-content/announcing-private-testing.

As always, contact me if you have any concerns! Rachelregion9@gmail.com, 385.330.4422.

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November Mensaversaries

Sunday 1st November 2020
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November Birthdays

Sunday 1st November 2020

If you want your birth date published you must have “Display Birthday” checked in your Communication Preferences in your Mensa Membership Profile.

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Puzzlement #118

Sunday 25th October 2020

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #117, only 3 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by John Schroeder was: Turn it upside down. Andrew Ross was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.


On to the puzzle:

4+2=26
8+1=79
6+5=111
7+3=?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #117

Sunday 18th October 2020

There were 23 responses to Puzzlement #116, 15 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Ann DeVlaeminck was: 4 chairs. [The fathers are also sons.] Steve Sutlief was second and Nancy Fortner was third.

On to the puzzle:

81 x 9 = 801. What must you do to make the this equation true?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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BREAKING NEWS!

Sunday 18th October 2020

The Pat Hull Memorial Thanksgiving Feast will be held this year on November 26th but under official COVID-19 rules for masking and social distancing enforced at that time. Location is Lyn Stinnett’s house. Full details about where and what to bring is HERE. Add it to your calendar!

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Puzzlement #116

Sunday 11th October 2020

There were 27 responses to Puzzlement #115, 13 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 

1. Green. The others are primary colors.
2. December. The others have 30 days.
3. Calculus. The others are cloud types.
4. Cabbages. The others grow underground.
5. Shovel. The others have teeth.

Dave Hoffman was second and John Schroeder was third.

On to the puzzle:

What’s the least number of chairs you would need around a table to sit four fathers, two grandfathers, and four sons?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #115

Sunday 4th October 2020

There were 32 responses to Puzzlement #114, 24 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 73037 - 72927 = 110. Paul Cottey was second and Evan Bauer was third.

On to the puzzle:

One of the four words does not belong with the other three. Which word does not belong? What is it that the others have in common?

1. Green, yellow, red, blue.  
2. April, December, November, June.  
3. Cirrus, calculus, cumulus, stratus.  
4. Carrots, radishes, potatoes, cabbages.  
5. Fork, comb, rake, shovel.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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October Birthdays

Thursday 1st October 2020
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