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baf·fle

 (băf′əl)
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To confuse or perplex, especially so as to frustrate or prevent from taking action: a patient whose condition baffled the physicians.
2. To impede the force or movement of (a fluid).
n.
1. A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
2. A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.

[Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.]

baf′fle·ment n.
baf′fler n.
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A baffler, Sir, a baffler, that's all,' returned Dick.
30) provided one of last year's broadcasting bafflers.
The questions are really easy and aimed at all ages, so there are no brain bafflers.
Thanks, John - and also to all of the readers who have written in with questions and bafflers throughout the year.
If you want me to answer a showbiz query, settle an argument or you'd like to challenge me for the pounds 50 prize (by posing a baffler to which you have the answer - and can prove it by sending a copy of your source - but I don't) write to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, 1 Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.
Note: The explanations for the Body Bafflers are found in the Background section of the Teaching Notes.
See the TN Background for explanations of these body bafflers.
Write to me with your questions and Slam Sam bafflers at: Showbiz Sam, 1 Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.
Send your Ask-Sams and Sam Bafflers to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
Send your Ask Sams and Sam Bafflers, you must be able to prove your answer, to: Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.
Send your Ask-Sams and Sam Bafflers (you must be able to prove your answer) to Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, Anderston Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA.