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.
As a test, we’re going to 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…
During his pilgrimage to Mecca, the tenth Mansa of the Malian Empire went on a massive spending spree that caused a financial crisis in Cairo. What dropped in price there?
YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):
Search [sweet gale mugwort yarrow ground ivy horehound heather]. That long query will show that these plants are the ingredients for gruit, an herb mixture used to flavor beer before the days of using hops. You are making unhopped beer.