• WordNet 3.6
    • adj puzzling lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity "sent confusing signals to Iraq","perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it","a puzzling statement"
    • adj puzzling not clear to the understanding "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later","prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first jigsaw puzzle was created by map maker John Splisbury who mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood. He proceeded to cut around the borders of each country use a fine saw
    • puzzling Perplexing; embarrassing; bewildering.
    • puzzling Evidencing bewilderment or perplexity; easily bewildered or perplexed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest crossword puzzle ever published had 2631 clues across and 2922 clues down. It took up 16 sq. feet of space.
    • adj Puzzling posing: perplexing
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  • Charles Lamb
    “Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.”
  • J. C. Macaulay
    J. C. Macaulay
    “It is good to pray for the repair of mistakes, but praying earlier would keep us from making so many. When puzzled, go to prayer and listen.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
  • Doug Horton
    “The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”
  • Robert M. Pirsig
    Robert M. Pirsig
    “The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From M. E. opposaile (Eng. opposal), an objection—opposen, posen. Cf. Pose and Oppose.


In literature:

Whatever fear she had had of the owner of the cabin had long ago been dispelled by his manner which, though puzzling, hinted of the gentleman.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
My return held me more than ever puzzled.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
This puzzled her deeply.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Then she read it with a puzzled face.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
She wanted to be alone, to puzzle out what the coming of this man meant to her.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
She had never before evinced such a keen interest in her sister's husband, and I was puzzled.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
Time after time Monsieur Rodin referred to the papers before him, evidently much puzzled.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
Now the puzzle was, how the palm got there.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
She was puzzled and troubled.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
But he was a little puzzled and thoughtful.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith

In poetry:

So, when this fluid age we live in
Shall stiffen round my careless rhyme,
Who made the vagrant tracks may puzzle
The savants of the coming time;
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The rain is salt with tears of queens
The leaves are red with blood of kings;
Unknowing what the mystery means
We puzzle at these splendid things.
"The Fall" by Eden Phillpotts
All blend and mix, while evermore,
Now and again,
A plaintive, puzzled cadence comes,
A low refrain,
Caught from some shadowy memory
Of patient pain.
"A Blind Singer" by Susan Coolidge
I had a dream the other night,
I saw some strange and mystic sights
That puzzled me;
Some things I saw resembled time,
And some resembled more sublime—
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Thou would'st not look with such a puzzl'd air,
Upon my weary pace, and heavy eye,
If thou didst know the cause of my despair,
The stem, substantial, solid reason why.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young
Fair world! these puzzled souls of ours grow weak
With beating their bruised wings against the rim
That bounds their utmost flying, when they seek
The distant and the dim.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

We believe that when solving puzzles, you're not a cheater.
"CRM is becoming a piece of the ERP puzzle, and vice versa," Holtz says.
Barack Obama is proving to be one of the most puzzling presidents.
Starting today, you can experience the mysterious world of physics-based puzzle game Contre Jour, previously only available for iOS devices, online for free.
Word puzzles may go the way of chess and Jeopardy next weekend at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn.
) will take a gander at the tough word puzzles at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn.
Editor's note: A new crossword puzzle appears on page B6 of this week's print issue.
The Rock River Times has been exploring options for new puzzles since long-time crossword puzzle creator Jeremy T Paine's final crossword appeared in the Nov 2-8 issue.
The Rock River Times is in the process of exploring options for future puzzles and regrets any inconvenience caused by the lack of a puzzle.
How Will Shortz Edits a New York Times Crossword Puzzle .
Will Shortz has served as the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times since 1993.
Answers to Wednesday's crossword puzzle .
The Denver Post's crossword puzzle .
Man Uses Crossword Puzzle To Propose.
I make crossword puzzle s using Crossword Studio.

In science:

What we conclude is that, whatever the central mechanism of explosion, the breaking of spherical symmetry, multi-dimensional effects, and instabilities are keys to the supernova puzzle.
Multi-Dimensional Explorations in Supernova Theory
These transitions form pieces of a ‘heteroclinic orbit puzzle’ that governs asymptotically local dynamics; in the following we describe and characterize its key features.
The cosmological billiard attractor
The successes were qualitative, and there were many problems and puzzling questions.
String Theory: Progress and Problems
In a recent paper by Caffau et al. (2005), more puzzling data on [S/Fe] in halo stars have been obtained.
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
One has various empirical concepts and useful methods, but, many puzzles, questions and contradictions remain.
Time Asymmetry in Quantum Physics - I. Theoretical Conclusion from Resonance and Decay-Phenomenology