a head-scratcher

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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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It's still a head-scratcher, long after the ship has sailed.
Alas, this NBC series by way of France doesn't make that turn, leaving behind a head-scratcher of a show, derived from a last-century French movie written by Luc Besson ("Taxi"), and casting "Grey's Anatomy" alum Chyler Leigh as the latest in a long line of unconvincing hardbitten smallscreen detectives.
A bit of a head-scratcher, it''ll certainly form the basis of many a debate long after the end credits roll.
It was a head-scratcher that haunts us to this day.
That might be a bit of a head-scratcher to some, and it's no knock on Bosh, but this isn't the same Butler that Lakers fans remember.
The combination seems like a head-scratcher at first: a cherished, classic ballet movie; a genial, old-school tap master; and a hit-machine soul band from the '70s.
FINNERAN/COUNTERPOINT: "I'm not challenging the validity of that [the point that the longer students are in school the worse they do] but it's a head-scratcher," Finneran responds.
Henlow is best given the widest of berths, and Nottingham's five opens have a definite feeling of card-padding, although the closing 10pm over 500m is a bit of a head-scratcher.
What Doesn't Work, page 64: Why Nokia's new N-Gage, a cell phone and videogame console in one, is turning into a head-scratcher.
Mounting a musical in an 888-seat venue such as the Haymarket was always going to be a head-scratcher in terms of profitability.
Little Children'' is something of a head-scratcher.
THOUGH DEEPLY FELT and unwaveringly thoughtful, ``Bee Season'' is something of a head-scratcher.
This half-billion tax increase on telephone services to pay for emergency services is a head-scratcher, leaving you wondering why this tax should pay for this service?