Yahoo Search’s Puzzling Post

    October 19, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

The Yahoo Search team has embraced the joys of cruciverbalism and combined the wisdom of crossword master Will Shortz with the new Yahoo feature, Search Assist.

Their connection only yielded one fun puzzle to complete, but the Yahoo Search folks found a way to make it even more interesting.

“We thought it might be fun to connect one of Will’s infamous puzzles to hints from the recently re-launched Yahoo! Search,” Chris Thun wrote at the Yahoo Search blog.

“If you complete it by October 26th, you’ll be in the running to win one of five trips to Hawaii,” he said.

Unlike the brutal Sunday puzzles Shortz and company wield like instruments of torment against crossword fans, this one has helpful links to “Search for Hint” under each clue.

Click the hint, and Yahoo Search Assist brings up suggestions below the puzzle. Solvers who can’t name Hawaii’s state bird off the top of their heads can click the hint, scroll through the search results, and find the answer.

The puzzle and its hints demonstrate just how far Yahoo has come in search. They have to make gains against the search engine leader, six letter word, starts with G, next.