A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 31

Geek Culture

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…


Which one of Britain’s three native coniferous trees has an elasticity that made it ideal for bow-making in the Middle Ages?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search for [Veni vidi vici] to find that it means “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Search [I came I saw I conquered] to learn that Julius Caesar’s phrase referred to his victory over Pharnaces II of Pontus in the city of Zela in 47 BCE. Zela is now the Turkish city of Zile.

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