A Google-a-Day Puzzle for July 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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SPOILER WARNING:
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…

TODAY’S PUZZLE:

This plant from the nightshade family was believed to have magical powers. A person who uprooted it was said to die from its scream. To pull it, people would tie the plant to what before running away to safety?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [five basic tastes] to learn that salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami (recognized as the fifth taste in 2000) are the five basic tastes. Search [salt sweet bitter sour umami soy sauce] to find that umami best expresses that flavor.

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