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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Sunday, July 17th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

In Russian churches the number of domes usually matches the number of altars. But this church has only one altar dome, and 21 symbolic ones. What normal construction device does this church lack?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [father inspired Micawber] to learn the author is Charles Dickens. Search [Dickens slept facing] to get the answer, north.


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Saturday, July 16th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

The author whose father inspired Mr. Micawber slept facing which direction, because he thought it improved his writing?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [British naval commander lost arm and eye] to find Horatio Nelson. Search [Horatio Nelson sickness] to learn he suffered from seasickness.


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Friday, July 15th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

One of Britain’s greatest naval commanders lost one arm and sight in one eye, but never shook this incurable vocational sickness. What did he suffer from throughout his life whenever he worked?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [commonwealths] to find that Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia are all commonwealths. Use Google Maps to determine Kentucky and Virginia share a border.


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Wednesday, July 13th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

This radioactive element, named after a U.S. state, is one of the most expensive substances in the world. How much does it cost per gram?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [chili pepper chemical] to get capsaicin. Search [plants make capsaicin to protect] to learn the answer, their seeds.


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Tuesday, July 12th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

Chili pepper plants make the chemical that causes that burning sensation you get from eating the peppers. What are the plants trying to protect?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [crunchy preserved cucumber] to find pickle. Search [pickles to the New World] and read to learn that it was Christopher Columbus.


One Geeky Dad’s DIY LEGO Play Table

Image by Dan Bramos

Image by Dan Bramos

Here’s an awesome home project, shared by Dan Bramos via Google+:

In an effort to fight the never ending battle of “Is that where your LEGOs go?” I cobbled together a LEGO play and storage table for the Dude. All the wood was left over from other projects (no cost incurred), the tubs were $10/10 (the others will hold additional LEGO projects in the closet and can be switched out), four base plates at $5 each, and the hobby bin was $16. Leftover paint and glue did the rest. Less than $50 and a little elbow grease and now I may be able to walk to the fridge in the middle of the night.

Well done, sir!


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Monday, July 11th – REVISED

SPECIAL NOTE: TODAY’S QUESTION HAS BEEN REVISED. WE RECEIVED THE WRONG PUZZLE FOR TODAY. IF YOU’VE ALREADY SOLVED IT, HERE’S A NEW ONE TO TRY, AND EXPECT TO SEE THE ORIGINAL PUZZLE AGAIN SOMETIME SOON.

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

Fans of these crunchy preserved cucumbers included Cleopatra, Aristotle, Charlemagne and the European who brought them to the New World. Who was he?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [islands San Francisco Bay] and find a list of all the islands. Only two are in San Rafael Bay: West Marin Island and East Marin Island. Searching for [rookery West Marin Island] will show that herons and egrets enjoy the largest rookery (breeding site) in the area.


A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Sunday, July 10th

As we’ve reported before, our good friends over at Google are starting up a daily puzzle challenge. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. And much to our enjoyment, they’ve decided to share the puzzles with us at GeekDad (hmm… Google a Day? GD? GeekDad?), so each morning at 12:01am ET you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here. SPOILER WARNING: As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS! Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience. And now, without further ado, we give you… TODAY’S PUZZLE:

In San Rafael Bay near San Francisco, Calif., there are two islands. The westernmost island is the largest San Francisco Bay rookery for what kind of birds?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE):

Search [1845 coin toss] to discover the city in question is now Portland, Ore. Search [Portland coin toss 1845] and read to find that settler Francis Pettygrove won the bet.