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Noggin Hoggin' Challenge Starting on Monday April 23, 2018

Here are the past questions which were used in this Noggin Hoggin' Challenge, along with the answers we accepted and an explanation.


Bonus Question (Head Start Clue)
Solve the riddle below and enter your answer (numbers only, no spaces) in the space provided.


Acceptable answers:


To answer this puzzle, you'll need to search for and uncover patterns that repeat in each line.

After some trial and error, it becomes apparent that multiplying the two numbers provides the first three digits, followed by adding the numbers to obtain the next two numbers, and lastly, subtracting the numbers gives us the final number.

52 × 2 = 104

52 + 2 = 54

52 – 2 = 50

= 1045450


Question for Monday April 23, 2018:

In this country, where a sea of high-rise architecture shadows the Old Quarters, this is the capital city. Native women sell their traditional handmade appliqué to the tourists who stop and watch the passing of ships. Yet the native women come from another part of the country where island living is the way of life.

Tourists visit by plane, yet they number only twenty at a time. It all lies on top of coral reefs. The ocean brings trading ships from a neighbouring country where the locals trade coconuts for goods and supplies. Cars do not exist on these islands as there are no roads to get there.

The culture of the local indigenous people on this island is to commune with Mother Nature. They grow or harvest the majority of their food from the mainland or sea. This island is home to 3000 indigenous people; 1800 are children. The mainland is only 100m from this island and is now connected by a walking bridge, yet they do not live on the mainland as mosquitos carry malaria in their bites at night. Only the sacred cemetery of hammock burials is high up in the hills on the mainland.

What is the local name for the traditional and commonly used boats native fishermen use daily on the ocean?

Acceptable answers:


The People of Guna Yala in Panama speak a language called Dulegaya, which literally means "People-Mouth'. Their language is not a written language, so many of the words have multiple spellings when represented in Spanish, the language of Panama. Therefore, we accepted numerous spellings for the hollowed-out tree canoes used by the fishermen of Ukupseni (Playón Chico).

The Kayuco is used daily by the fishermen of Playón Chico to fish the coral reefs of Guna Yala.

Goods and plastics brought in are a problem. The Guna Yala rely mainly on what they can grow or harvest from the sea, yet trade brings plastic packaging. Much of the garbage is dumped on the edges of the island to expand the island.

The Archipelago of Guna Yala consist of 365 islands; 50 are inhabited. Hundreds are deserted white sand paradise islands built on coral reefs.

Molas are handmade appliqués with geometrical patterns.

Elders of the community in traditional dress.

1800 children live in Playón Chico and are seen playing all over the island and on the mainland.


Question for Tuesday April 24, 2018:

You are an astronomer working at a well-established and respected island facility and have made some discoveries late last night that you wish to share in person with some colleagues located about 100 km away at a different, though similar facility. A friend of yours has a boat and agrees to take you there.

However, along the way you encounter a terrible storm and fortunately manage to make landfall along the way. After finding shelter and waiting for the storm to pass, you go back to your boat and find it has been swept away in the storm. So you start to explore the area to see if you can find some sign of civilization.

After several hours of walking inland, you hear the following off in the distance:

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You think you might be going crazy, but it almost sounds as though the birds are having a conversation.

What is the name of the specific island that you come ashore at?

Acceptable answers:
La Gomera
La Gomera Island


On the island of La Gomera, part of the Canary Islands just off the coast of Africa, the inhabitants have developed a "whistle language" known as Silbo Gomero. It is very useful to allow communication over long distances due to how far the sound travels - even up to 5 kilometres away in some cases.

Silbo Gomero is based on Spanish, where certain phonemes of the language are substituted with different whistling patterns. It is thought that the original native "Guanche" language of the Canary Islands also had a whistled component, though little is known of that language today.

Other whistled languages also exist (such as in southern and eastern Africa), however, the references to being an astronomer on an island should have narrowed down the possibilities to La Gomera, which is located between Tenerife (the Teide Observatory) and La Palma (the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory).


Question for Wednesday April 25, 2018:

Today we reside in close proximity to one another, along the same river. About half way between us lies Ha'penny bridge, named after the once-required toll people had to pay to cross. Our wealthy "parents" were married at one time (and, as an aside, are oddly reminiscent of a little blue character), but make no mistake: we couldn't be more different.

Anna was "daddy's" girl — a real floozy -- with an affinity for partying and a questionable reputation. She was even locked up for a decade, but made a splashy comeback 7 years ago.

We, on the other hand, faced adversity of catastrophic proportions. Desperate and hollow due to extreme scarcity, masses of us chose to flee, and masses also perished. Our skeletal profiles were captured 150 years after the actual events thanks, in part, to our charitable "mother". We are present day reminders of those who migrated across the Atlantic, daring to hope for deliverance. You'll find more of us at the end of our journey too; on the other side where we arrived, although we are a few short. In the span of half a year, we very nearly doubled this Canadian city's population with our arrival.

About 400 km from where we stand as a memorial by the lake is a road with a name you've encountered earlier in this story. Remember Anna? Her epitome is critical now. Do you know how she arrived at her current address? It was no walk in the park.

Enter the name of this road into the search field of well known mapping tool to put yourself at the junction that leads to the dead end. Now look to the right of the mailbox and the "no exit" sign. What type of vegetable is growing here? Hint: It isn't potatoes.

Acceptable answers:


The Great Irish Potato Famine of the late 1840s and early 1850s was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland. The rural Irish people relied heavily on potatoes for their diet, as they were easy to grow and stored well throughout the year. For many of the rural poor, it was their only source of food. Therefore when "the blight" (a type of potato fungus) made an appearance and proceeded to destroy their primary source of nourishment, it had an immediate and catastrophic impact. No one knows how many people died of starvation during the famine, but most estimates fall near one million, as the British government did little or nothing to alleviate the hunger. Additionally, up to 2 million Irish chose to flee, primarily emigrating Canada and the US. Between death and emigration, Ireland's population fell from roughly seven million to four million people.

In America, the Irish settled in largely in Boston and New York. In Canada, they landed in Montreal, Quebec, Saint John and Toronto, where the 1851 census showed that over half the city's inhabitants were Irish.

The Famine is memorialized in many locations throughout Ireland, especially in areas that experienced the greatest loss, and also in cities overseas with large populations descended from Irish immigrants.

A group of sculptures known as "Famine" is a powerful reminder of these events. This work of art was commissioned by Norma Smurfit and designed and sculpted by Rowan Gillespie. Smurfit, wanting to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Irish Famine, presented it to the People of Ireland in 1997. This location is pertinent; many voyages during the Famine period departed from this area; their last steps on Irish soil near these very statues.

Ten years later, a second series of famine sculptures by Rowan Gillespie, know as "The Arrival", was unveiled in Toronto's Ireland Park to remember the arrival of these refugees in Canada. Part of the story goes that while 7 figures are shown leaving Dublin, only 5 are shown in Toronto (and one of them seems to have died), signifiying the deplorable conditions suffered on the journey over, leading to illness and eventual death for thousands who took the risk.

Anna Livia Plurabelle became part of this question because of her proximity to the famine sculptures, as well as her "father" Michael Smurfit, once married to Norma. Although the two divorced before their sculptures came to be, they were a well-known wealthy power couple at one time.

Anna was once affectionately known as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi before being removed from her spot on and going into storage for a decade. She was retouched and once her new location was determined, she was floated down the River Liffey to her destination. Anna is famously known as the River Liffey, personified.

Between Anna and the famine memorial, a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 once known as the Ha'penny Bridge is also a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. The bridge was aptly named for the halfpenny toll once required to cross over to the other side, and is know more commonly called the Liffey Bridge.

This takes us to the last part of the question: there is a Liffey Road in a rural area about 400 km north east of Ireland Park in Toronto. Google maps shows it as a road with no exit, and when zoomed in to the area, we can see a corn field.


Question for Thursday April 26, 2018:

You are a pilot and excited that spring is here and summer is on the way, because it's now the season for fly-in breakfasts! Something of a tradition of pilots throughout North America and the world, it's common for flying organizations at different airports to host breakfasts that other pilots in the nearby area fly in to, even if it's mostly just an excuse to go flying.

It's now Thursday, April 26, 2018, and the following people across Canada are considering the following short flights to attend fly-in breakfasts tomorrow at 8:00 am (local time):

Leanne wants to take 2 passengers on a flight from CYYF to CYLW
Jeannie wants to fly with her husband from CES4 to CZVL
Daphne wants to fly by herself from CYWG to CYGM
Evan wants to fly with 3 passengers from CYTZ to CYOO
Nolan wants to fly with 2 passengers from CXRH to CYJT

However, weather is a very important factor that must be considered when planning a flight. In particular for these pilots, they want to make sure they do the flights under visual flight rules (VFR), which amongst other things, requires that the pilots can always see the ground and stay out of the clouds. For these particular pilots, they want to make sure that they have at least 4000 feet of room to fly between the clouds and the ground.

There are many resources where pilots can get their weather information, and it's important that they all check the weather forecasts and current conditions Friday morning before they leave. However, even though it's a bit early and they won't be flying until tomorrow, they are curious as to find out whether their flights tomorrow are likely. They've recently heard of an interesting web site for viewing forecasted weather called windy.com and use it to see what the weather is predicted to be like for them tomorrow - in particular, they want to make sure the clouds are high enough so they can fly comfortably below them. Don't forget they also want to be able to come home in a couple of hours too.

Assuming that the current windy.com forecast for these pilots is accurate, how many people in total will likely be flying to their breakfasts tomorrow?

Acceptable answers:


For this question, you are expected to go to windy.com to explore around and learn how to use the web site to find the forecast for the various locations for Friday morning. Since we're concerned specifically about the distance between the clouds and the ground, the easiest way to visualize this is to turn on the "Cloud Base" layer (from the little menu at the top right of the screen).

We can then use the slider on the bottom to move the prediction time to Friday morning at around 8:00 am (note that windy.com will use the time zone of the computer you're at, while the question mentioned that each of the pilots will be flying at 8:00 am in their local time. If you wanted, you could adjust the time slightly for each of the pilots taking into consideration their time zone's offset to your own, but fortunately for this question, we picked locations where a few hours difference won't affect the forecast significantly.

The above image shows the forecast for Friday morning, though it may differ slightly from what you may have seen depending on when the forecast you viewed was made.

The next step is deciphering the airport codes and finding out which cities or towns they represent. Leanne's flight is from Penticton, BC to Kelowna, BC, and that region is forecast to be fine with high ceilings. Jeannie plans to fly from Westlock, AB to Villeneuve, AB., and again her forecast shows that the weather should be fine. For Daphne's flight from Winnipeg, MB to Gimli, MB, a weather system is predicted to bring low ceilings to the area, so she likely won't be able to go. Evan's flight from Toronto, ON to Oshawa, ON will likely go ahead; though there are some clouds in the area, they should be high enough that they won't impact the flight. Finally, Nolan's flight from Rocky Harbour, NL to Stephenville, NL likely won't be able to happen either, due to low cloud bases (in some places, less than 1000 feet)

So ultimately, only Leanne (3 people), Jeannie (2 people), and Evan (4 people) will likely be able to do their flights. In total, 9 people will likely be flying to their breakfasts tomorrow.


Question for Friday April 27, 2018:

Acceptable answers:
An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action BB Gun
Red Ryder Carbine-Action BB Gun
Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun
An Official Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun



Question for Saturday April 28, 2018:

Determine the house numbers associated with the following attributes: Ferrari, Gray house color, Martin family, and Basketball. Add up the house numbers to arrive at a total, which is your final answer.

Acceptable answers:


Begin by checking off the direct clues, such as "The Brown's live in House 4". You'll reach a point where there are no more obvious checks, and you'll need to work by process of elimination at this point.

Although there may be more than one way to solve it, in testing, most people become a bit stumped and tend to focus on the clues about the Porsche or the VW being to the left of either the brown or magenta house. But it's important to also remember that the Wilson's drive a Porsche at this point. The Wilson's can't live in House 5, since that family already drives a Caravan.

This means House 3 must be brown, which also tells us that Wilson's live in House 2 and drive the Porsche.

Looking at the remaining clues, we see Smith's aren't in House 1, and the only remaining option is house #3. Therefore, House #1 belongs to the Martins.

Now it's a matter of finding the blank boxes for each category and using process of elimination to complete the puzzle.

We now see that the following house numbers belong to each of the following:

Ferrari: #3

Gray: #1

Martin Family: #1

Basketball Players: #1

3+1+1+1 = 6