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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 14

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A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 14

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.

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…


You’re traveling east on the longest railway in the world, but you’ve been stuck for hours while they change the wheels on the train. Where are you?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [world’s oldest living rainforest] to find the Daintree Rainforest in southern Australia. Search [world’s oldest living desert] to find the Namib Desert in Namibia, Africa. Using Google Maps, search for [Namib desert Namibia]. Using the right mouse button, click to check the latitude. Find that it’s between 19 and 22 degrees S latitude. Do the same for Daintree, Queensland. Find it’s between 15 and 19 degrees S latitude. Thus, Daintree is farther north and nearer to the equator.

Homepage photo: ELEOTH/Flickr

A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 14Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He also wrote the NYT bestselling book "Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects for Dads and Kids to Share."
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