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1    to perplex or be perplexed  
2    intr; foll by: over   to attempt the solution (of); ponder (about)  
he puzzled over her absence     
3    tr; usually foll by: out   to solve by mental effort  
he puzzled out the meaning of the inscription     
4    a person or thing that puzzles  
5    a problem that cannot be easily or readily solved  
6    the state or condition of being puzzled  
7    a toy, game, or question presenting a problem that requires skill or ingenuity for its solution  
   See       jigsaw puzzle       Chinese puzzle  
     (C16: of unknown origin)  
  puzzling      adj  

Chinese puzzle  
1    an intricate puzzle, esp. one consisting of boxes within boxes  
2    a complicated problem  
crossword puzzle  
      n   a puzzle in which the solver deduces words suggested by numbered clues and writes them into corresponding boxes in a grid to form a vertical and horizontal pattern,   (Sometimes shortened to)    crossword  
jigsaw puzzle  
      n   a puzzle in which the player has to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a wooden or cardboard base and cut into a large number of irregularly shaped interlocking pieces  
monkey puzzle  
      n   a South American coniferous tree, Araucaria araucana, having branches shaped like a candelabrum and stiff sharp leaves: family Araucariaceae,   (Also called)    Chile pine  
     (so called because monkeys allegedly have difficulty climbing them)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    baffle, beat     (slang)   bewilder, confound, confuse, flummox, mystify, nonplus, perplex, stump  
2    ask oneself, brood, cudgel or rack one's brains, mull over, muse, ponder, study, think about, think hard, wonder  
3      (usually with)       out   clear up, crack, crack the code, decipher, figure out, find the key, get it, get the answer, resolve, see, solve, sort out, suss (out)     (slang)   think through, unravel, work out  
4    brain-teaser     (informal)   conundrum, enigma, labyrinth, maze, mystery, paradox, poser, problem, question, question mark, riddle, teaser  
5    bafflement, bewilderment, confusion, difficulty, dilemma, perplexity, quandary, uncertainty  

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