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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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The concluding New & Lingwood Handicap (5.55) looks a real headscratcher, but BLACKHEATH has as much going for him as any of the 20 runners.
There are a few standouts, such as the strikers and Josh Mullin, but the rest has been a bit of a headscratcher.
Okay, it maybe wasn't a night for Oli Burke with nowhere to run but still Likewise his decision to leave out James Forrest was a headscratcher.
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.
The Brisbane mother said she was feeling "amazement." "I'm glad we could find an answer, that would've been a real headscratcher otherwise," she told Australian broadcaster ABC on Wednesday.
Pete organises some one-on-one time with both women, but says choosing will be tough: "It's gonna be a real headscratcher," he ponders.
As well as Matt Smith being suspended, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz are unable to play owing to a headscratcher of a UEFA rule that stops anyone from playing once they have made three Champions League appearances in that season.
Jefferies analyst Brian Tanquilut said in a research note that he sees a financial case for buying the rest of the AmerisourceBergen, but the strategic rationale is a "bit of a headscratcher" since Walgreens already has a purchasing deal with Amerisource.
We think the Champions League or the World Cup draws are a headscratcher. You ain't seen nothing yet.
She says that the only "true neologism" from Mr Trump could be the word covfefe which was coined accidentally in a tweet in May 2017 when the president posted the headscratcher "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".
Though David Achneepineskum is "pretty happy" with the $8.4 billion in planned spending to improve First Nations' education, on-reserve water quality, social and healthcare infrastructure across Canada over the next five years, it was a headscratcher to him that nothing was laid out to move the undeveloped mineral belt forward.
Evan Williams' perpetual headscratcher seems to always arrive on a racecourse with questions to answer, as those who have followed him over fences will solemnly testify.
The identity of captain Alastair Cook's opening partner is sure to have been the principal headscratcher - in a likely list of 17 names - for national selector James Whitaker, coach Trevor Bayliss and their panel of colleagues.
The Guineas itself is a real headscratcher too and we're trying to give you a little bit of help by paying each-way bets down to fourth place - very much needed help!