• WordNet 3.6
    • n mystifier a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles","that's a real puzzler"
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In literature:

Thus the personal equation is glorified and mystified.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
George was frightened as well as mystified.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
She witnessed life in London through the distorting, mystifying veil of a foreign language imperfectly understood.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
Frawley followed the same day, somewhat mystified at this sudden change of base.
"Murder in Any Degree" by Owen Johnson
A scene, moreover, that mystified everybody; a scene that implied war and the wounded!
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
These rather mystified some of the people who received them, who could not understand why I did not write directly.
"Three Times and Out" by Nellie L. McClung
There was, too, a somewhat eccentric house where a man who was trying to be theosophical had lived and communed with his mystified soul.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Mystified, half sceptical, and half credulous, Rachel reflected casually that the world was full of strange phenomena.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
The struggle of selfishness and interests is less veiled and mystified in France than on the other side of the Channel.
"A Residence in France" by J. Fenimore Cooper
He is excited and mystified.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various

In poetry:

How strange the spell that mystified
Us all, and hushed our wonted glee,
As sadly her sweet voice replied,
"Why, don't you know I cannot see?"
"Receiving Sight" by Hattie Howard
Twist and tangle and mystify, bully, and weep and bluff;
Marry the truth to a glaring lie, and say it is good enough;
Boast of your vice and villainy—in your virtue rant and bawl—
But that great waiting silence is over the people all!
"That Great Waiting Silence" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Gingrich ' mystified ' by media interest in his $500K jewelry budget (VIDEO).
Galileo astonished, mystified by Saturn.
Couple mystified by $1,000 water bill.
CU-Boulder debuts 'Mini Law School' to help de- mystify legal world.
Virginia's HOV lane rules for hybrids mystify many drivers.
A thousand years ago along the banks of the Mississippi River, in what is currently southwest Illinois, there was a city that now mystifies both archeologists and anthropologists.
There are lots of mystifying numbers associated with cycling parts.
The Ouija Wonderful Talking Board has been mystifying the American populous for well over a hundred years.
Scientists mystified over how massive black holes grow.
Terry Tempest Williams on her mother's mystifying bequest.
The Mystifying History of Neutrino Experiments.
Are you mystified by the digits associated with cycling parts.
Feeling in this year's election, mystified by a call about her absentee ballot.
It's mystifying, then, that a movement to undermine the teaching of evolutionary biology is attracting some support.

In science:

Nevertheless, Monckton here does the most mystifying thing in his entire article – he is “prudent and conservative” and retains the same (excessively high) value for the feedback sum b he has been using throughout the article.
Climate Sensitivity and the Response of Temperature to CO$_2$
Diagnosing the mystifying new physics causing acceleration requires more precise measurements of cosmological distance scales.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
Two’s complement notation is normally mystifying to second-year students taking a computer architecture course, because it is presented as a polished technique that “just works” (that is, re use of the logic for unsigned binary addition, with just a little added circuitry).
Mathematics Is Imprecise