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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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After Boston Scientific announced an agreement to acquire BTG for about $4.2B, Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien said the deal "looks like a headscratcher" at first glance, but he believes it will turn out to be a favorable transaction the more that he thinks about it.
He said: "It's a headscratcher as to why we didn't win because of the chances we made.
Meanwhile, Brax's mysterious link to newcomer Ash is still proving a headscratcher for Ricky, but her boyfriend isn't giving anything anyway.
Crystal Bridges is still a headscratcher for the East Coast art establishment, but someone with the "financial muscle," as the Times said, of Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton need not be concerned with small minds.
Got a CD comp called Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne and it's a bit of a headscratcher. No denying the potency of Ozzy's dark powers, but most tributes like this are a bit cheesy, especially when towered over by the originals.
But overall it's been a disappointing weekend, a bit of a headscratcher. We started with understeer, aggressively chased that and ended up with a lot of oversteer.
You then wait for a kicker of a plot twist but, alas, the revelation in the final 10 minutes is such a headscratcher, you may actually draw blood.
Blowfly has a long history of blaxploitation-style ridiculousness, and it sounds like a headscratcher puttin' him on Alternative Tentacles (with a Bad Brains "Rock for Light" cover rip-off).
And that's not even mentioning a plot that's such a headscratcher you may actually draw blood.