confusing or baffling: a puzzling answer.
the skill or pastime of constructing or working crossword or other puzzles.
- puz·zling·ly, adverb
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How to use puzzling in a sentence
Among the many complicated aspects of Covid-19, long Covid is one of the most puzzling.A large new study shows the devastating effects of long Covid | Annalisa Merelli | August 26, 2021 | Quartz
That such a similar group of players could appear so different after a world championship — albeit two years later, with the pandemic-disrupted schedule — is puzzling.The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Has A World Cup Hangover | Jake Lourim | July 28, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
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Even more puzzling, the team also found a collection of some 6,000 stone tools at the Nesher Ramla site.A New Mystery Human Species Has Been Discovered in Israel | Michelle Langley | June 25, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Which seems puzzling, given that hard seltzers’ initial appeal to younger drinkers was its party-all-day alcohol levels and related lower calorie counts.What’s the best hard seltzer? We tried 18 new flavors to find out. | Emily Heil | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.The Barabbas Theory of Voting: Bible Story Shows Tough Choices for Midterms | Jay Parini | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The choice of targets for U.S. warplanes is increasingly puzzling.
Whether the lack of liberal involvement in the museum is the result of commission or omission, it is puzzling.
First, it is puzzling that Facebook ever finds itself in a privacy fight at all.
With midterm elections on the horizon, the timing is particularly puzzling.
This new appreciation of his character clarifies various incidents heretofore puzzling to me.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He therefore put a variety of puzzling questions, and took down a good many notes.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Writing in dialect makes many of his stories puzzling, if not impossible for foreign readers.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
Meantime, Joe had been puzzling his wits and wishing his wife was there to devise some plan for the wayfarer.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
A rather pleasing, yet puzzling, deception is to pass a dollar bill into the interior of an examined lemon or apple.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various