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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!
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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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References in classic literature ?
She proved an easier puzzle than old Larry, and when she was completed they found her a pleasant old lady who welcomed them cordially.
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.
multiplayer, where you can build puzzles with your friends;
Over 1,000 puzzles have been donated from the community with some family groups having assembled over 70 puzzles.
Unlike the game Tetris, Jigsaw puzzles require wide screen for a convenient play.
Pantone: Color Puzzles" is a fascinating book of six color puzzles in yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple, with sharp artwork and color shapes by artist Tad Carpenter and colors by Pantone.
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.
99) QUIRKY, humorous, and oh so taxing, David Astle takes us on a mind-bending journey into the perplexing world of puzzles.
Sudoku aficionados had already found nearly 50,000 17-clue puzzles, but no one had managed to find a completely unique 16-clue puzzle.
The puzzles will keep everyone guessing - but getting your hands on one couldn't be simpler.
Whether you're young or old you'll love these baffling and addictive puzzles.
It is not surprising to find that puzzles offer useful lessons for innovators.
Making these word puzzles is easier than you might think
This new game has more than 150 puzzles that you need to solve to help you progress through the game and get information.
The puzzles include unique pieces in the well-known shape of the classic Yankee Candle jar.