conundrum

Part of speech: noun

A riddle; perplexity.

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Usage examples "conundrum":

  1. To say that there was any remarkable merit in the movements of the Spanish Admiral is as absurd as to attribute particular cleverness to a child who, with his hands behind his back, asks the old conundrum, " Right or left?" - "Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles", Alfred T. Mahan.
  2. There are those who would dismiss it carelessly, as making an appeal not far removed from that of the riddle and of the conundrum. - "Inquiries and Opinions", Brander Matthews.
  3. He was lounging back in his chair with an air of indolence rather too marked for a drawing- room, and staring at the ceiling with the expression of a man who has just been asked a conundrum. - "The Diary of a Man of Fifty", Henry James.