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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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Given Judge Goodwins experience this rating was a head-scratcher to me.
It was a head-scratcher because GB and WB's union was rumored to be on the rocks.
But there is a phenomenon at the caldera that has been a head-scratcher - when some time after the collapse Earth injects fresh molten rock into the space below and the caldera experiences a disproportionate uplift in the ground, rather than the volcano erupting once more.
vvThe Betfair Price Rush Hurdle at Haydock will prove a bit of a head-scratcher for the handicapper after Ch'Tibello handled the heavy ground remarkably well to beat My Tent Or Yours, who was conceding just 2lb to a horse rated 18lb his inferior.
It's still a head-scratcher, long after the ship has sailed.
Backers of Leicester have faced a real head-scratcher over the last few weeks," said Skybet's Sandro Di Michele.
THOMAS BROWN could be the answer to a real head-scratcher.
But the battle between ITV and the BBC for flop The Voice was the biggest head-scratcher of the week.
INDIAN CASTLE wins the vote for the yearly head-scratcher that is the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
It's aimed squarely at kids with around a dozen years to their name, so don't expect a challenging head-scratcher if you're long out of school.
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.
Also, Wonder Dogs Scout and Amelie have helped Amos solve another head-scratcher of a gun-smithing problem.
Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast (More4, tomorrow, 9pm) | OKAY so we don't really need any more culinary programmes hogging the schedules - it's a big enough head-scratcher trying to choose between the crop of TV chefs already on offer.
The plot's such a head-scratcher you may actually draw blood.