Similar to Yahoo! Shortcuts is Smart Answer's latest offing.
As seen on the official Ask.com blog, the latest update and developments is visible on Tricks, Treats, Diets and Hurricanes: October Smart Answers. If you type 'halloween' in Ask.com and run a search, you will get the following :
Besides the usual SERPs, this bit also has information on many Halloween-related things, such as: Carving Pumpkins, Recipes, Costume Ideas, Buy Costumes Online etc. Some of the latest additions in smart answers are:
The Wonders of the World: What, did you think there were only seven of them? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Great Wall of China, and twelve, yes twelve, more. Use the drop-down menu to see them all.
Diets: What better way to counter your annual Halloween candy gluttony? Find health reviews of Atkins, South Beach, and many more, so you can find the one that's best for you.
Hurricane Dean: The low-down on the fourth big storm of the season.
New Movies: What do you need to know about Angels in the Dust, 3:10 to Yuma, Banished, Outsourced, The Rocket, and more of this season's best? Smart Answers will show you–and help you find screenings in your area.
Other interesting smart answers include:
10/1: Julie Andrews.
10/4: Charlton Heston.
10/13: Lenny Bruce.
10/18: Chuck Berry.
10/20: Snoop Dogg.
10/21: Alfred Nobel.
10/23: Johnny Carson.
10/26: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
10/28: Bill Gates.
10/31: Halloween, of course!