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Chinese puzzle

1. A puzzle game consisting of intricate and complex pieces that fit together in a specific manner, especially of multiple boxes that fit inside one another. My uncle gave me this Chinese puzzle for Christmas, and I still haven't been able to solve it!
2. Any problem, question, or situation that is especially complex or difficult to understand. Dealing with growing income inequality is truly a Chinese puzzle for lawmakers today. I can't understand a thing about how this engine works, it's like a dang Chinese puzzle!
See also: Chinese, puzzle

puzzle out (something)

To determine, clarify, or realize something through careful thought or consideration. They're still puzzling out how to get the system back online without losing any data. It took me a while, but I think I was able to puzzle out the solution to this riddle.
See also: out, puzzle

puzzle over (someone or something)

To think about or consider something, usually at length. After puzzling over the experiment all day, I think I've figured out where we've gone wrong.
See also: over, puzzle
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

puzzle over someone or something

to consider or ponder. I can't puzzle out the mean—someone or something. Anne is a bit strange. I've spent some time puzzling over her. While I was puzzling over why she had slapped me, she did it again.
See also: over, puzzle

puzzle something out

to figure something out. It took me a while to puzzle it out. I can't puzzle out the meaning of this argument.
See also: out, puzzle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

puzzle out

Clarify or solve something, as in It took him a while to puzzle out the significance of the statement. [Late 1700s]
See also: out, puzzle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

puzzle out

To come to a conclusion or find an answer, especially as the result of a careful thought process: I puzzled out the identity of the murderer before finishing the novel. The answer escaped me at first, but I finally puzzled the problem out.
See also: out, puzzle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Beverly Hills, CA, December 18, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Timothy Parker, the Guinness World Records puzzle master, is leaving his duties as editor of the Universal crossword he founded to form his own game syndicate after 21 years and 8,100 published crosswords.
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Arzzle is a company started from the passion for jigsaw puzzles, Augmented Reality technology and love for the people in need.
Dr Gow says that when it comes to puzzles and challenging our brains, the "use it or lose it theory" has merit.
The journal explains that food puzzles were developed for captive zoo, sanctuary and laboratory animals to take advantage of their instincts to work for their food: They're natural predators who tend to eat multiple small meals each day.
There will be puzzles for all tastes - children's puzzles, traditional country scenes, 3D, doublesided, murder mystery, crossword, impossipuzzles, wasgij and mirror image.
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ravensburger-puzzle/id657342303?mt=8) According to the company : "We are uniting the traditions and experiences from the classical world of puzzles with the advantages and opportunities of the digital world."
It may surprise you to learn that this Saturday's New York Times crossword puzzlethe most difficult puzzle of the week and a wicked mental undertakingwas built by a 17-year-old who lives with his parents in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Tagaytay City, Cavite -- Hobbyist Georgina Gil-Lacuna remains the Guinness World Records titleholder with her big vast jigsaw puzzles collection - including her 32,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, the biggest ever in the world - at her sprawling guesthouse, here.