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Noun puzzle has 2 senses
- puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
--1 is a kind of problem
- puzzle - a toy that tests your ingenuity
--2 is a kind of plaything, toy
--2 has particulars: Chinese puzzle; jigsaw puzzle; tangram
Verb puzzle has 2 senses
- perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
--1 is one way to confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate
The bad news will puzzle him
The good news will puzzle her
The performance is likely to puzzle Sue
- puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
--2 is one way to chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate
Sam and Sue puzzle over the results of the experiment