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a head-scratcher

A thoroughly complex or difficult mystery, problem, puzzle, or riddle. I'm not sure how we'll be able to reach an agreement with the labor unions on this issue. It's a head-scratcher, to be sure. A: "What is weightless but can be seen, and if you put it in a bucket, it will make the bucket lighter?" B: "Hmm, I don't know. That's a real head-scratcher!"
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NEWCASTLE United's woeful display against Leicester City is a real head-scratcher.
But the battle between ITV and the BBC for flop The Voice was the biggest head-scratcher of the week.
On the bare form secondplaced Stellar Glow would look to have the best chance, but her optimum distance is a bit of a head-scratcher.
INDIAN CASTLE wins the vote for the yearly head-scratcher that is the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
Putting together the shortlist this year was a real head-scratcher.
It's aimed squarely at kids with around a dozen years to their name, so don't expect a challenging head-scratcher if you're long out of school.
Bigtime Boys: Sure, looking back it's a head-scratcher, but the Backstreet Boys used to be the biggest boy band in the world.
But it went again in the Bray game and it was a while before we got to the bottom of it - it was a head-scratcher.
However, the trade proposal remains a head-scratcher for others because Lopez has been such an integral part of Blazers' current run.
Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast (More4, tomorrow, 9pm) | OKAY so we don't really need any more culinary programmes hogging the schedules - it's a big enough head-scratcher trying to choose between the crop of TV chefs already on offer.
That was the head-scratcher asked during a job interview for a product marketing post at Hewlett-Packard, the BBC reported.
COACH FIRING IS A HEAD-SCRATCHER (The JoongAng Daily, Seoul)
Add to that a dead body, a slew of Biblical references, a song by Tom Waits and a supporting role by cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowksy, and you've got all the elements in place for artsy head-scratcher, though wait: there are way more wackier things in store.
Since then the coops have become far less complicated, but Nisa-Today's remains a real head-scratcher.