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Puzzle Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    puzzle n
  1. a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler" [syn: puzzler, mystifier, teaser]
  2. a toy that tests your ingenuity v
  3. 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" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
  4. be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
Puzzle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Puzzle \Puz"zle\, n. [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]
  1. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.
  2. The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle.
Puzzle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Puzzle \Puz"zle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Puzzled; p. pr. & vb. n. Puzzling.]
  1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus. A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others. --Dr. H. More. He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Puzzle'

A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research.

Solutions to puzzles may require recognizing patterns and creating a particular order. People with a high inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving these puzzles than others. Puzzles based on the process of inquiry and discovery to complete may be solved faster by those with good deduction skills.

The first jigsaw puzzle was created around 1760, when John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker, mounted a map on a sheet of wood that he then sawed around each individual country. Spilsbury used the product to aid in teaching geography. After catching on with the wider public, this remained the primary use of jigsaw puzzles until about 1820.

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* Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self it is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

* To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself. - Sophy Burnham

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