a very complicated puzzle.
anything very complicated or perplexing.
Learn The History Of The New York Times Crossword PuzzleThere are plenty of crossword puzzles in publications across the country, but when we think of the pinnacle of puzzledom (Not officially a word, but, perhaps, it should be?), the purveyors of the most preeminent puzzles, we bow to The New York Times (NYT). But how did it all begin?
Origin of Chinese puzzle
First recorded in 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for chinese puzzle
an intricate puzzle, esp one consisting of boxes within boxes
a complicated problem
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