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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  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


abstruse, ambiguous, baffling, bewildering, beyond one, enigmatic, full of surprises, hard, incomprehensible, inexplicable, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, misleading, mystifying, oracular, perplexing, unaccountable, unclear, unfathomable  
   clear, comprehensible, easy, evident, intelligible, lucid, manifest, obvious, patent, plain, simple, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable  

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