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Chinese puzzle

1. A puzzle game consisting of intricate and complex pieces that fit together in a specific manner, especially of multiple boxes that fit inside one another. My uncle gave me this Chinese puzzle for Christmas, and I still haven't been able to solve it!
2. Any problem, question, or situation that is especially complex or difficult to understand. Dealing with growing income inequality is truly a Chinese puzzle for lawmakers today. I can't understand a thing about how this engine works, it's like a dang Chinese puzzle!
See also: Chinese, puzzle

puzzle over someone or something

to consider or ponder. I can't puzzle out the mean—someone or something. Anne is a bit strange. I've spent some time puzzling over her. While I was puzzling over why she had slapped me, she did it again.
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puzzle something out

to figure something out. It took me a while to puzzle it out. I can't puzzle out the meaning of this argument.
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puzzle out something

also puzzle something out
to study something in order to understand it The reader shouldn't have to puzzle out what the writer means.. Related vocabulary: figure out something
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puzzle over something

to give a lot of attention and thought to something I puzzled over those words, trying to understand their hidden message.
Related vocabulary: tease out something
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puzzle out

Clarify or solve something, as in It took him a while to puzzle out the significance of the statement. [Late 1700s]
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puzzle out

v.
To come to a conclusion or find an answer, especially as the result of a careful thought process: I puzzled out the identity of the murderer before finishing the novel. The answer escaped me at first, but I finally puzzled the problem out.
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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Toys and Games in US$ Million by the following Product Types: Games and Puzzles, Infant and Preschool, Activity and Construction Toys, Dolls and Action Figures, Vehicle Toys and Ride-Ons, Soft/Plush Toys, and Other Toys and Games.
Over 1,000 puzzles have been donated from the community with some family groups having assembled over 70 puzzles.
This digital puzzle gives users the joy of building puzzles, without the potential problem of losing individual jigsaw pieces in the traditional game.
Dear Dr Maths, When we all get together as a family at Christmas we like to have a few festive puzzles to exercise our brains.
An engaging history of puzzles is provided, as well as anecdotes from Astle's own puzzling past.
It is easy to see that there must be some minimum number of clues required for a valid puzzle.
HOW TO CLAIM To get your free puzzle, simply take the voucher, right, to the customer services desk at any Toys 'R' Us store in Scotland by tomorrow, June 26.
Offer is strictly subject to availability and the free Wasgij puzzle will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
For a stem and leaves, paint a large craft stick and two more puzzle pieces.
When I get this stuck, I often give up on the puzzle in disgust, only to see a key element of the solution almost instantly when I pick the puzzle up again later.
This new game has more than 150 puzzles that you need to solve to help you progress through the game and get information.
Johnson provides a set of instructions for the teacher, which is helpful for some of the more unfamiliar puzzle types.
Boardman showcases fourteen original wooden puzzle projects designed by expert members of the international puzzle community.
Kids readers to the pages of Jack and Jill, both sets of readers will enjoy the challenging and entertaining Puzzle Squad kids' adventures in every issue of Jack and Jill magazine.