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Awards for those who go Above and Beyond for bright sparks

Children and young people who are bright beyond their years do not always receive the support they need or appropriate recognition for their achievements in the face of barriers. British Mensa is delighted to be supporting the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards to celebrate the parents, teachers, support staff and other professionals in the UK who go ‘above and beyond’ to help exceptional young people achieve their high learning potential, regardless of age or background. They also celebrate the...

Did you get the answers right?

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our World Intelligence Day competition. The winner of the Carlton Books bundle will be announced in due course, but here are the answers to the puzzles: GIBE is to TAUNT as BADINAGE is to: A. Prank, B. Repartee, C. Pleasantry D.Witticism, E. Joke Answer: B Mr Smith went on vacation to America. He liked New York, but not Maine. He liked Colorado, but not Wisconsin. He liked Nevada, but not Chicago. He liked Dallas, but not Michigan. Did he like Idaho?...

Win a bundle of Mensa books!

Today is World Intelligence Day - and it's Mensa's 72nd birthday! To celebrate, we have joined our friends at Carlton Books to offer a bundle of Mensa puzzle books in a birthday competition. All you have to do is answer three puzzle questions, which will be revealed throughout the day, and email your answers to before midnight tonight (October 1). You can also enter through our Facebook and Twitter feeds - just search for @BritishMensa The first question is: GIBE is to TAUNT...

So, who does want to be a millionaire?

Could you be a big winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The latest series, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, saw some big winners but no-one walked away with the top £1 million prize. The producers are looking for contestants for the new series - could one of them be you? Filming is due to take place between November and January. For more details and to apply, click here or visit

Is your bright spark a potential Gogglesprog?

Is your bright spark articulate and not afraid to share their opinion? The makers of Gogglesprogs are looking for groups - family or friends - of bright, articulate children to take part in the Channel 4 show's Christmas special. Gogglesprogs features groups of children from up and down the country watching and reviewing a selection of programmes, clips and films. To find out more, email the producers, Studio Lambert,

Calendar Challenger is back!

The ever-popular Mensa Calendar Challenger puzzle-a-day desk calendar is now available to pre-order. Calendar Challenger always sells out, so order now to avoind disappointment! Featuring a difficulty graded puzzle for every day of the year, the calendar has become a must-have for puzzle fans everywhere. To pre-order now, for shipping from mid-September, simply click here .

Is your family Britain's brightest?

The search is on for super-smart families for the second series of ITV's Britain’s Brightest Family. Each team must include a child aged 11 to 16 and two adults - parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles can all get involved. A cash prize of £25,000 is waiting for the series winners, but the winners of each round will also win cash. To put your family forward email to register BY MONDAY JULY 2 .

Talented youngsters sought for TV spotlight

Could you follow in the footsteps of young Mensan Sebastian Carrington on ITV's hit singing show The Voice Kids? The Voice Kids will be return to our screens on ITV in 2019 and the producers are looking for super talented singers and duos aged 7-14 who have what it takes to take over The Voice Kids stage. Last year, 11-year-old classical musician Sebastian made it all the way through to the televised stages of the competition. Parents can send videos of their children performing directly to...

What type are you?

Who joins Mensa, the high IQ society? What makes them do it? And are you the kind of person who is more likely to apply? Lots of people think they “know” what very clever people are like. Some say they are clever introverts seeking conversation or social misfits seeking justification for their 'oddness'? Others will claim that Mensa members are elitists who just want to wave their IQ certificates around in a show of superiority – while having absolutely no common sense, of course. In truth,...

The Mastermind chair beckons . . .

The most famous quiz on television is looking for new contestants - are you brave enough to sit in the big black chair? The BBC is seeking new contestants for Mastermind, the long-running quiz which tests contestants on their own specialist subject as well as general knowledge. Auditions will start later this month - to apply, click here


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