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The answers parameter was recently added to most of the requests that return a list of questions. See: Don’t include answers in question lists by default

It looks like the /search request got left out. It appears to never return answers.

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    Confirmed. This is indeed true. – Nathan Osman Jun 11 '10 at 2:41
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This is [by-design].

/search is already pretty resource intensive, and not returning answers is a conscious effort to reduce its runtime.

The answers parameter does not appear in the documentation for /search accordingly.

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The /search/excerpts route looks to be about as good as /search and it does return both questions and answers, and it does have an answers parameter.

This route is "★ All new! For version 2.2! ★"

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