a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.
anything that puzzles.
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How to use conundrum in a sentence
Smartphone cameras automatically try to combat this conundrum by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels, and then quickly mashing them together to try to even things out every time you press the button.Photoshop will soon use AI to add dramatic skies to your boring photos | Stan Horaczek | September 23, 2020 | Popular-Science
The pandemic has merely laid bare and made even starker the economic challenges Alberta was already facing—the essential conundrums of boom and bust at the heart of any oil region.After the boom: Canada’s oil capital faces an uncertain future | kdunn6 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
This, needless to say, is not a new conundrum, but one that philosophers have discussed for as long as there’ve been philosophers.Your Guide to the Many Meanings of Quantum Mechanics - Facts So Romantic | Sabine Hossenfelder | September 3, 2020 | Nautilus
That has created a little bit of a promotional conundrum for Scroll.Inside Tony Haile’s expedition to (help) save the news business | Steven Perlberg | July 27, 2020 | Digiday
Primordial magnetism might also help resolve another cosmological conundrum known as the Hubble tension — probably the hottest topic in cosmology.The Hidden Magnetic Universe Begins to Come Into View | Natalie Wolchover | July 2, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Public sector unions create a genuine political conundrum for Democrats.
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In fact, the communion conundrum highlights the first visible fissure in the church of Francis.The Great Divide Facing Pope Francis That Only Catholics Understand | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This Fourth of July conundrum was addressed all the way back in 1907, in the esteemed medical journal JAMA.
Take this lack of cooperative instinct and add a competitive situation, and Benenson says you get a real conundrum.People Prefer ‘The Bachelor’ to ‘The Bachelorette.’ Why? It’s Science. | Brandy Zadrozny | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We protest, too, against that class of cases where the metaphor becomes a species of conundrum.
And my conundrum was, Had I lectured my curate, or had my curate lectured me?My New Curate | P.A. Sheehan
This was the feathered conundrum that flitted about before me.Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
The Irish cook one day proposed to the ship's captain the following conundrum: "Is anny thin' lost whin yeez know where 'tis?"Muskrat City | Henry Abbott
But I haven't really looked into the question since I gave the conundrum up twenty years ago, on what was then the best authority.Questionable Shapes | William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for conundrum
a riddle, esp one whose answer makes a play on words
a puzzling question or problem
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