A Google-a-Day Puzzle for August 18

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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…


Other than George Washington, I was the only candidate ever to run for U.S. president unopposed. What was the era of my presidency called?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [“To Anacreon in Heaven”] to learn that this was a British song used by Francis Key Scott to accompany his poem “Defense of Fort McHenry.” Written in 1814, it was later retitled “The Star Spangled Banner.” Search [U.S. flag 1814] to discover that the flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes as Key saw it flying over Fort McHenry on the morning of
September 14, 1814.

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