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a confusing or difficult problem or question
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    • conundrum - puzzle
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    A ‘conundrum’ is something that is difficult, if not impossible to solve. Difficult conundrums often require a process of trial and error or intelligent reasoning to resolve. Impossible ones involve a lot of conjecture or what-ifs. An example of one such conundrum might be - if God is merciful, why is there so much suffering in the world? As you can see, there is no way of definitively answering that. We can only speculate.

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    1. Trying to figure out why the new software keeps crashing is proving to be something of a conundrum.

    2. Many people today are facing the moral conundrum of whether they should go out to work and risk spreading the flu virus, or stay at home and be unable to provide for their families.

    3. Person A: “I have no idea what to make of Darryl.” Person B: “He’s certainly a conundrum, isn’t he?”