Google, N.Y. Times get game on with search puzzles

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Google is looking to entertain users by teaming up with the New York Times to put out a daily brain teaser.

The company today launched a daily puzzle that it’s calling A Google a Day. Since the daily puzzle comes from Google, doing a search for the answer isn’t considered cheating.

Monday’s question, for example, is: “Two future presidents signed me. Two didn’t because they were abroad. Despite my importance, modern viewers seem to think I have a glaring spelling error. What is it?”

Questions will be posted every day on agoogleaday.com, and on weekdays the brain teaser will be printed above the New York Times’ world-renowned crossword puzzle, according to Google. The answer to each puzzle will appear the next day in the Times and on agoogleaday.com, along with the search tips and features used to find it.

“Just like traditional crossword puzzles, the difficulty of the questions increases over the course of the week, so by Thursday or Friday, even the most seasoned searcher may be stumped,” wrote Dan Russell, Google’s user experience researcher, in a blog post.

“As the world of information continues to explode, we hope A Google a Day triggers your imagination and helps you discover all the types of questions you can ask Google—and get an answer,” Russell added.

Russell also noted that when users do searches to find clues to the puzzle, they should do so from the agoogleaday.com page. “We’ve made a special version of Google that excludes real-time updates and other things that are likely to include spoilers as people post the answers to the puzzle online,” he explained.

This story, "Google, N.Y. Times get game on with search puzzles" was originally published by Computerworld.

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