A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Apr. 17

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…


I established the first White House library, and was the first president’s wife to have earned a salary before marriage. What was my occupation?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [animal consumes alcohol] to find that the pen-tailed tree shrew looks for “palm beer” on its nightly rounds. Its diet of fermented nectar makes it the only animal known to consume alcohol daily in the wild. (Although other animals are known to go on occasional benders.)

Homepage photo: John Plumbe/Library of Congress

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