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stumper

Something that is extremely difficult, complicated, or puzzling; a problem that does not have an easy or intuitive solution. A: "We'll need to figure out how to reach that velocity without compromising the structural integrity of the vehicle." B: "It's a stumper, to be sure. I'll go back to the drawing board and see what I can come up with." I've been working on this crossword puzzle all morning long, but it's a real stumper.

stumper

n. a shoe. (Streets. Usually plural.) Make those stumpers shine!
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Recently, scientists have been exploring DNA's potential to solve these stumpers. By coding data as sequences of DNA and biochemically manipulating them, scientists can orchestrate a series of operations much as a computer executes commands.
Please send your stumpers to Les Peate c/o jlpeate@rogers.com.
As at first I saw all the questions before posting, I decided that I, personally, would answer any question that didn't seem to be a stumper, making sure that STUMPERS was an open, not a closed, gateway to information.
But I also recognized that subscribers didn't need excess traffic on the list, as a stumper for a non-librarian is often the information professional's everyday task.
Reference librarians know that collaboration among their colleagues often is necessary to answer a particularly difficult question--a "stumper." Collaboration with far-distant colleagues can be accomplished through the mailing list Stumpers-L.