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“A Google A Day” Keeps the Boredom Away

Written on April 12, 2011 by R. Depp

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Google challenges its users’ “creativity and search skills on Google” with the site’s recently launched daily puzzle called, “A Google A Day.”

This week, announced the launch of the new -based trivia game, in collaboration with the . Users don’t have to be subscribers of the to take part of the fun, for has set up a site for the game at agoogleaday.com.

“Traditional trivia games have a rule that you can’t cheat—you can’t look things up in books, you can’t ask your friends and you certainly can’t ask Google. But what if there were a trivia game where you could not only ask Google, but were encouraged to do so? Imagine how difficult the questions would need to be with the power of the world’s information at your fingertips,” writes Dan Russel, Google User Experience Reasearcher in the Google’s official blog.

The daily puzzle’s site features a game-specific version of the Google search engine, which players can use, called the “Deja Google”. According to Google, the game version of the search engine is “a wormhole inspired time machine that enables you to solve today’s puzzle spoiler free by searching the Internet as it existed before launched.”

Players mustn’t take it too easy though – Deja Google may help them find the answers to the trivia, but “the version of the search engine excludes real-time updates and other things that are likely to include spoilers as people post the answers to the puzzle online.”

“To prevent spoilers from appearing as you search the web, look for the answers on agoogleaday.com instead of regular google.com—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,” Russel added.

Now, get ready to be Google-stumped.

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