conundrum

[ kuh-nuhn-druh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF conundrum
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"This is obviously a conundrum," said Yates, ticking off the items on his four fingers.

This may be a good solution, viewing the problem as a conundrum: but it is not scientific.

Brainerd lay sleeping near me, and I thought of his comment, 'A conundrum?'

"Give you my honor I thought it was a conundrum," says Henry Darley.

And my conundrum was, Had I lectured my curate, or had my curate lectured me?

The amount of money on hand will answer the rest of the conundrum for them.

"Very well; put the conundrum that way, if you like," said the squirrel.

Don Courtier is a conundrum with which I struggle night and morning.

It has degenerated into the conundrum, which is usually based on a mere pun.

It puzzled him; but then Handy himself was at all times more or less of a conundrum to him.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, Oxford University slang for "pedant," also "whim," etc., later (1790) "riddle, puzzle." Also spelled quonundrum. The sort of ponderous pseudo-Latin word that was once the height of humor in learned circles.

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