Using Google to look up answers in trivia games is generally frowned upon, but not when Google is the creator of the trivia game.
User-experience researcher Dan Russell announced the launch of A Google a Day in a post on the Google Blog, adding that the daily trivia contest will also appear above the crossword puzzle in The New York Times. He posted:
A Google a Day is a new daily puzzle that can be solved using your creativity and clever search skills on Google. Questions will be posted every day on agoogleaday.com and printed on weekdays above The New York Times crossword puzzle. We’ll reveal each puzzle’s answer the next day in the Times and on agoogleaday.com, along with the search tips and features used to find it.
Just like traditional crossword puzzles, the difficulty of the questions increases over the course of the week, so by Thursday or Friday, even the most seasoned searcher may be stumped.
To prevent spoilers from appearing as you search the Web, look for the answers on agoogleaday.com instead of regular google.com — we’ve made a special version of Google that excludes real-time updates and other things that are likely to include spoilers as people post the answers to the puzzle online.