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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.
See also: out, puzzle

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.
See also: out, puzzle
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Puzzler World is rated "E" (for everyone) by ESRB and is available at retailers across North America for Nintendo DS(TM) ($19.
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David Sergeant, sales director, said: "The title will combine the enormous brand strength of The Puzzler together with Beap's expertise in me Kriss Kross sector.
Atlantis Sky Patrol is a unique marble-matching puzzler with hundreds of levels, mini-games and innovative game play mechanics.
While it won't win any awards for innovation, for quick pick-up-and-play puzzler action, you can't go wrong.
CHIME 360 FROM the 360 marketplace comes Chime, a lovely little game that fuses ideas from Tetris and Lumines to create an addictive and colourful musicbased puzzler.
One glance at the monochrome, linear appearance of Echochrome may lead you to wonder what all the fuss is about, but within a few levels you'll be entranced by a 3D puzzler that gives thinking gamers something they've never played before.
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The nom de plume that a puzzler uses is both a nod to the English tradition of puzzle writers and a way for participants of different backgrounds and ages to stand on even ground.
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Puzzler Collection for example, the bestselling title in the market, sells more copies each month than titles such as She, Smash Hits and What Car?
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