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Noggin Hoggin' Challenge Starting on Monday April 20, 2020

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)

If you've played the popular "4 pics 1 word" game, this headstart question may seem familiar to you.

To gain an advantage in the competition, solve our Noggin Hoggin' variation of this puzzle. Each of these image sets have ONE common theme among the 4 pictures shown. Each theme is one word only.

Once you solve both sets of clues, the two words combined will generate a compound word. Enter this one word as your final answer.



Acceptable answers:


The only DOWNSIDE to this head start question is that you weren't provided with the same type of clues offered in the popular "4-pics-1-word" challenge. We opted not to provide the number of letters in each word, nor the scrambled letters to help you along. In true Noggin Hoggin' fashion, we wanted to start this competition off with a challenge that would warm you up for the upcoming contest. If you've solved it correctly, congratulations on earning an advantage this round!

The first set of pictures show a downpour, someone who is feeling down, a down feather, and a person writing something down.

The second set of pictures show a man in a side plank position, a side view mirror on a car, an egg sunny side up and a side of beef.


Question for Monday April 20, 2020:

What's that sound?

These once familiar household or school sounds are likely to be foreign to you, as a child or teenager of 2020. Although you will be able to associate some sounds with their origin by intuition alone, working in consultation with your parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents should prove helpful if you can't quite identify what exactly it is you are hearing.

The order in which the sounds are listed is important. Take a listen, and then select the description of what you've heard from the list of possibilities provided. Transfer the number of the sound from the list into the equation at the bottom as you go. (For example, the correct description for Sound A will go in the first blank, Sound B in the second blank, and so on.)

Note: there are more options to choose from than sounds: choose wisely!

The solution to the math equation is the final answer.

Note: You may have to download and/or enable Flash to be able to hear the sounds that follow

Sound A:

Sound B:

Sound C:

Sound D:

Sound E:

Sound F:

Sound G:

Sound H:

Sound I:

Sound J:

Sound K:

Sound L:

Sound M:

Sound N:

Possible Sounds:
1. Stove top coffee percolator
2. Typewriter
3. Rotary phone
4. Record player
5. Gas station bell
6. Camera flash
7. Film Projector
8. Cash register
9. Cuckoo clock
10. Kerosene lamp
11. Writing on a chalkboard
12. Hand crank pencil sharpener
13. Dial up modem
14. Pac-Man game
15. TV snow/static
16. Windows 95 startup
17. VHS tape in rewind
18. Pinball machine
19. Washboard
20. Steam engine

__ + (__ × __) (__ + __ ÷ __) + (__ - (__ + __)) × __ - __ - __ + __ × __ = _______

Acceptable answers:


The sounds for each description were searchable online for the most part, but it may have been even more fun to involve some of your family members (of an older generation) by asking them to have a listen and identify what they were hearing. After all, collaboration for any question is always encouraged in this challenge. The correct identification for each sound is displayed below:

Sound A = 14 (Pac-Man game)
Sound B = 4 (Record player)
Sound C = 8 (Cash register)
Sound D = 3 (Rotary phone)
Sound E = 13 (Dial up modem)
Sound F = 2 (Typewriter)
Sound G = 7 (Film Projector)
Sound H = 6 (Camera flash)
Sound I = 12 (Hand crank pencil sharpener)
Sound J = 9 (Cuckoo clock)
Sound K = 15 (TV snow/static)
Sound L = 17 (VHS tape in rewind)
Sound M = 11 (Writing on a chalkboard)
Sound N = 10 (Kerosene lamp)

Place these numbers, in sequence, into the blanks in the equation provided. The result should look like this:

14 + (4 × 8) (3 + 13 ÷ 2) + (7 - (6 + 12)) × 9 - 15 - 17 + 11 × 10

Now, applying the BEDMAS rules, we can solve.

14 + (4 × 8) (3 + 13 ÷ 2) + (7 - (6 + 12)) × 9 - 15 - 17 + 11 × 10
= 14 + (32 × (3 + 6.5)) + (7 - 18) × 9 - 15 - 17 + 110
= 14 + 304 + -99 – 15 – 17 + 110
= 297

The final answer is 297.


Question for Tuesday April 21, 2020:

Late 17th Century: A stone deity sits in a vast garden, frolicking in the water with her twins, one boy and one girl. Once denied water to quench their thirst, it's ironic that they are now perpetually surrounded by it. The children's father is absent; he is up in the mountains, near the sky.

Early 20th Century: A stone's throw from the aforementioned mother and her children, a historic contract is signed after months of negotiations. The intent of this treaty is to bring about peace after years of battle. A closer look reveals finger-pointing and harsh consequences aimed at a single country, and this will soon prove disastrous. Another battle is brewing.

Today: Find the common location of these two narratives on a map. Walk right in, virtual admission is free using a well known mapping tool. Take your time, and look around. Reflections in the one hall are breathtaking.

Can you find the mother and her twins? They are among amphibians.

Now look for a manly version of the twin boy (an Olympian, no less). He is on these grounds in water too, in a rig drawn by four. There's a way to determine how far apart the two sculptures are, without leaving the map. As your final answer, enter the precise distance (from centre to centre) in feet, rounded to the nearest hundred.

Acceptable answers:
1800 feet
1,800 feet


Under the direction of Louis XIV, a residence in Versailles, France, was transformed from a hunting lodge into a massive and extravagant estate in the late 1600s.

Water features of all kinds are an important part of the incredible gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Latona (also referred to as Leto) is the stone Goddess featured in one of the most famous and central fountains, along with her twin children, Apollo and Artemus.

According to basic Greek Mythology, the twin's father, Zeus, lived on Mount Olympus and is known as the Olympian God of Sky and Thunder. It is said that when Latona became pregnant by Zeus, his new wife named Hera became jealous and enraged and banished Latona from Olympus.

Shortly after giving birth, as Latona wandered the Earth in exile, she found herself in a place called Lycia. There, she stopped for a drink of water but local peasants kicked up the water, muddying it, so she couldn't drink from it. In an act of revenge, and as punishment, Latona had the peasants turned into frogs. These, among other amphibians, are now represented in the "Bassin de Latone" in Versailles.

The second paragraph of this question refers to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors in June 1919. The treaty is known for having formally ended World War I. The terms of the contact, drafted by the Big 4 (France, Great Britain and the United States, and Italy), forced Germany to accept blame and responsibility for the war. The resulting territorial, monetary and military penalties it imposed on Germany were harsh, and laid the foundation for the Second World War, which would come 20 years later.

Now that we know the common location of the two narratives, Google Maps allows us to use Street View to peruse the Palace of Versailles, virtually. We can walk through the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, or stroll the massive grounds. The Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France, along with the Louvre.

Locate Latona's fountain, which lies on the east-west line between the Palace itself and the Grand Canal. It is a focal point of the gardens. Next, search for a grown version of Apollo, son of Latona. Although there are several statues of him on the grounds, we know to look for water, hinting to another fountain, and a rig drawn by four. West and slightly north of Latona's fountain, Apollo rises from the water in his Chariot drawn by four horses.

A fairly accurate measurement was asked for (which implies using a specific tool) without leaving the map. Use the Google Maps "Measure Distance" tool, which can be accessed by selecting a location and dropping a pin. Next, right click on the pin to "measure distance", and then click on the next location to where you'd like to measure.

Now, we find the two are roughly 550 meters apart, which is equal to about 1816 ft from centre to center. When rounded to the nearest hundred, is our final answer is therefore 1800 feet.


Question for Wednesday April 22, 2020:

A Canadian treasure hunt is still going on today after 200 years of searching. There is scientific proof of deep tunnels dug long ago. Yet, we still theorize what these tunnels were built to hide.

Down by the bay where the churches have become iconic you will find an isle of great interest. If you look down on the area, the outline resembles a baby elephant where the eye and neck have brought the most attention. The hunt continues, but few precious metals have been found. Iron, lead, bone, wood, fiber, and stone amass in the spoils of the search.

This cross which was found in the hunt has been hypothetically linked to a European bastide, where a famous group was imprisoned during their trial in the 14th Century. In what year did the English first successfully seize this bastide?

Acceptable answers:


Oak Island, Nova Scotia is the site of the world's longest running treasure hunt which began around 1795. According to stories passed down, Daniel McGinnis found a depression in the ground, now referred to as the Money Pit. Remembering stories of Captain Kidd's buried treasure on the island, he began digging with the help of two friends - John Smith and Anthony Vaughn. As they dug, they came across flagstones at 2 feet deep. Oak platforms were discovered every 10 feet down. They abandoned their efforts at a depth of 30 feet over superstitious dread and potential cave-ins. Since their initial discovery, numerous treasure hunters have taken up the search; 6 have even lost their lives in the search for the treasure.

After reading an article in the January 1965 issue of Reader's Digest featuring the work being done to investigate the so-called "Money Pit", the young Michigan-born Lagina Brothers, Marty and Rick, developed a huge fascination with Oak Island. In 2006, the brothers purchased a 50 percent share in Oak Island. The Lagina brothers teamed up with a number of other searchers to work together to find out what secrets the island holds. In 2014, "The Curse of Oak Island" reality show began chronicling the efforts as the team searched the island for the supposed buried treasure. Seven seasons later, the search continues and more of the puzzle comes together. Viewers get to be a part of the hunt that involves the latest machinery and technology as well as a huge list of experts.

In season 5 of "The Curse of Oak Island", Rick and Gary find a lead cross in Smith's Cove. When tested, the cross is dated to come from lead mined in France prior to 1300. The design is similar to those that were carved into the walls of the Domme Prison in France by the Knight's Templar when they were held there during their trial.

The Knights Templar were a Catholic Military order established in 1119 and headquartered in Jerusalem. The Templars were closley tied to the Christian Crusades between 1153 and 1302. They developed and managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Europe and the Holy Land. Rumours about secret initiation ceremonies created distrust with King Philip IV of France, who was deeply in debt to the order of Templars. On Friday, October 13, 1307, he had many of the Knights Templar arrested, tortured, and even burned at the stake. Ultimately he wanted to erase his debt to the order. Pope Clement V disbanded the order of the Knights in 1312 due to pressure from France's King.

During the Hundred Years' War, the Domme bastide was first taken by the English in 1347. Today Domme is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.


Question for Thursday April 23, 2020:

In 1886, Paul Passy created a group which ultimately became known as L'Association Phonétique Internationale (International Phonetic Association). One of the purposes of the group became the creation of a universal "alphabet" where each symbol represents a consistent sound. Often used to indicate pronunciation of words, it isn't limited to English - with the knowledge of this alphabet, a person can properly pronounce any word in any language. Even accents between different speakers can be precisely identified.

The organization has done a very thorough study of world languages, developing a system with 107 letters, 52 diacritics, and 4 prosodic marks to indicate sounds observed in language. They have also identified sounds that theoretically could be voiced but have not been observed in human language, as well as other sounds that are judged impossible due to the anatomy of the human mouth.

Acceptable answers:
West Circassian


Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), the last paragraph translates to:

Despite such a large alphabet, they have also developed extensions to it that represent sounds not typical in speech, to help describe speech disorders. Interestingly, one of those sounds, known as a voiceless bidental fricative (h̪͆) was identified in 1996 as existing legitimately in a sub-dialect of a dialect of which language?

The language "Adyghe" has a dialect called "Shapsug", of which there is a sub-dialect found near the Black Sea. This sub-dialect is the only currently known case of a language using a "voiceless bidental fricative". This sound is made by closing the front teeth and breathing air out, without involving the tongue or lips at all. Prior to this discovery, that sound had only been observed in the context of studying speech disorders.

The symbol is an 'h' with downward-facing brackets above and below. The 'h' is a result of the sound being produced by breathing out without using the tongue or lips (as a traditional 'h' is sounded). The brackets indicate that the sound is modified by also involving both the lower and upper teeth (bidental).

So the language we are looking for is "Adyghe", or "West Circassian" as it is sometimes known.


Question for Friday April 24, 2020:

He was 17 that year, but was 33 when this song, partly and loosely based upon his life, was recklessly released. Inducted into the Order of Canada, he would see his work open on Broadway in 2018. He was instrumental in producing success with many other artists and bands. What pseudonym was he also known as?

Acceptable answers:
Rodney Higgs


To decipher this question, you would first likely have to identify the tune from the musical score above. If you don't know how to read music, you may have asked someone who can to try and hum or play it for you. Or if not, there are numerous web sites which allow you to enter the notes and hear the melody played back for you. There are even some apps that can take a picture of sheet music like this and play the melody!

Once you have heard the melody, hopefully you will have recognized it as coming from "The Summer of '69", performed by Canadian Bryan Adams. If not, there are web sites to help you with that too!

However you identified the song, "The Summer of '69" has stood the test of time. Originally released on Bryan Adams' Reckless Album in 1985, the music and lyrics were co-written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Bryan and Jim have worked together to write over a hundred songs in the past 40 years - including "The Summer of '69".

Your first instinct may have been that Bryan Adams was whom the question was referring to. However, a quick check of the ages mentioned in the question would show that this was not the case (Bryan Adams was only 9 in the summer of '69, not 17). His co-writing partner, Jim Vallance, however, was - and according to Vallance, the song was "very much a 50-50 collaboration".

Jim Vallance is a Canadian songwriter, arranger, and producer. He began his career as a drummer and songwriter with the rock bank Prism under the pseudonym of "Rodney Higgs". Although their debut album was a hit, he decided to leave the band as he did not enjoy the lifestyle of touring with the constant travel required. He preferred to work out of his home studio.

Both Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have been inducted into the Order of Canada. Most recently, they have worked together to write Pretty Women: The Musical. They spent two years writing all the music and lyrics. Pretty Women: The Musical opened on Broadway in August 2018, and later at London's West End on February 13, 2020.


Question for Saturday April 25, 2020:

Use the clues to fill in the blanks with the appropriate word.

Next, unscramble the letters in the blue squares to reveal one word, then do the same with the red squares.

These two words are not the final answer but rather a synonym for the final word we are looking for, and this word does fit the pattern. Enter this twelve letter word as your final answer.

You CAN do this!

Acceptable answers:


Hopefully you realized from the instructions and the provided letters in some of the words, that each of the words contains the letters 'CAN'.

A suitable twelve letter synonym for irritable and argumentative is cantankerous, which fits the pattern since it also contains the letters 'CAN'.