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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 ?
Well," said Dorothy, "there used to be a picture puzzle craze in Kansas, and so I've had some 'sperience matching puzzles.
Never; for we are no puzzles to ourselves, and so there wouldn't be any fun in it.
Well, just like the little Mexican, he seems to spend his time peddling puzzles.
That's another one of his puzzles, I guess, because nobody knows what a spirit looks like.
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.
WHEN we are little, there are many things we cannot understand; we puzzle about them a good deal perhaps, and then we ask questions.
And just as there are things which puzzle little folks, there are things which puzzle big folks.
He could curl up and look at the pictures in the strange things which were books, he could puzzle out the printed word he had learned to read without knowledge of the spoken language it represented, he could live in a wonderful world of which he had no knowledge beyond the covers of his beloved books.
Having failed in those days to discover why I was driven from the garden, I suppose I ceased to be enamoured of myself, as of some dull puzzle, and then perhaps the whimsicalities began to collect unnoticed.
I found myself wondering what she had meant by this and that; I did not see that when she began to puzzle me she was already lost to me.
What a sane man should be doing carrying about with him a woman's petticoat and silk stockings, may well be a puzzle to the most intelligent reader.
How such a topsy-turvy scene ever came to be tolerated in the colonel's office, of all places, was afterward a puzzle in the memory of many, including the colonel.