Ty Pennington: A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Dec. 23

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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.

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We 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…


Strong, durable, and deciduous, with samara fruits that spin as they fall. What is the name of this tree that has many uses — it can be made into bats, violins and beautiful veneers?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Searching for [percussion string instrument hammers] reveals that only dulcimers and pianos percussively strike strings with hammers. Reading about pianos and dulcimers reveals that only one, the piano, has the full range of an orchestra.

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