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1. Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
2. Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma: the puzzle of the author's true identity.
3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment: I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.
v. puz·zled, puz·zling, puz·zles
1. To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study: He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
1. To be perplexed.
2. To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.

[Origin unknown.]

puz′zler n.


See also games.

the art or skill of composing enigmas. — enigmatographer, n.
the analysis of enigmas.
the pursuit of word puzzles or puzzling words. — logologist, n.
References in classic literature ?
The more I look at it, the more it puzzles me, and I begin to suspect that a man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.
It puzzles me now to remember with what absurd sincerity I doated on this little toy, half fancying it alive and capable of sensation.
Lecount puzzles me, and I propose to return the compliment by puzzling her.
Not the slightest; but why the old scoundrel hasn't claimed the reward long since is what puzzles me.
It all seemed grotesque to me, and presently I said, "Well, Professor, I know you always have a reason for what you do, but this certainly puzzles me.
I fancied that if I could solve their puzzles I should find myself in possession of powers that might be of use against the Morlocks.
One thing still puzzles me," observed Dantes, "and that is how you managed to do all this by daylight?
Here, as so often elsewhere in the "Odyssey," the appropriation of an Iliadic line which is not quite appropriate puzzles the reader.
Whilst supper is being prepared," he said, smiling, "you will not, my friend, be sorry to have the mystery which so puzzles you cleared up.
Yes, I perceive; and now there is only one point which puzzles me.
One thing alone puzzles me; but I hope that after a short explanation, you will relieve me from that difficulty.
We must be sure, before going to such an end, that there is no point as yet unconsidered which would account for the unknown thing which puzzles us.