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puzzled, puzzling, puzzles verb, transitive
1.To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter.
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.
1.a. A jigsaw puzzle. b. Something, such as a toy or game, that tests one's ingenuity.
2.Something that baffles or confuses.
3.The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment.
- puz´zler noun
Synonyms: puzzle, perplex, mystify, bewilder, confound. These verbs mean to cause bafflement or confusion. Puzzle suggests a problem or matter that is difficult to solve or interpret or that puts one at a loss: "The poor creature puzzled me once . . . by a question merely natural and innocent, that I scarce knew what to say" (Daniel Defoe). Perplex stresses puzzlement resulting in uncertainty or anxiety, as over attaining comprehension, reaching a decision, or finding a solution: "It is not worth while to perplex the reader with inquiries into the abstract nature of evidence" (Joseph Butler). To mystify is to perplex by defying or seeming to defy comprehension: The author's imagery mystifies me. Bewilder emphasizes both perplexity and extreme mental confusion: "The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered" (Logan Pearsall Smith). To confound is to bewilder and astonish so that one becomes immobilized or loses one's equanimity: "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise" (I Corinthians 1:27). The fugitive doubled back to confound the pursuers.
Communications and Media, 1913
The first U.S. crossword puzzle appears December 21 in the weekend supplement of the New York World. English-American journalist Arthur Wynne has seen similar puzzles in 19th-century English periodicals for children and in the London Graphic and has arranged squares in a diamond pattern with 31 clues which are for the most part simple word definitions: "What bargain hunters enjoy," five letters; "A boy," three letters; "An animal of prey," four letters (sales, lad, lion).
You must always be puzzled
by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill,
would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it
for granted that I was deluded.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Conversations 1947-48 (published in Personal Recollections, ch. 6, ed. by Rush Rhees, 1981).
Lewis Carroll delighted in logic puzzles and games and even published books of some he created.
Synchronicity: There was a crossword puzzle, in the London Daily Telegraph shortly before D Day. On May 3 - 23 - and June 2, the crossword solutions were Utah, Omaha, Neptune and Overlord. Samuel Dawe the compiler, had unwittingly supplied some top secret information, and he was interrogated. Overlord - name of the D day operation. Neptune - name of naval operation. Utah and Omaha - American beaches. Mulberry - floating harbors.