A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Tuesday, Nov. 8

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Our good friends at Google run a daily puzzle challenge and asked us to help get them out to the geeky masses. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. Each morning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here.

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…


A fish that is 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide can be made into a delicacy requiring many steps of preparation before it’s safe to eat. What is the name of the poison in this fish?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [measurement from 2650 BCE] and learn that the cubit was the standard unit of measurement. Search [height Statue of Liberty] and find that from the bottom of the pedestal to the top of her torch she measures 305 feet, 1 inch. Compute [305 feet 1 inch in cubits] to get 203 cubits. (Because cubits varied slightly in dimension, your answer could be anywhere from 186 to 203 cubits.)

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