What does "conundrum" mean?


According to Dictionary.com, the noun "conundrum" means a riddle whose answer involves a pun or play on words. Another given meaning for the word is "anything that puzzles." Conundrum also means a puzzling question or problem.

Another definition of conundrum is a logical postulation or intricate problem that evades resolution. An example of a conundrum as a riddle is: "What is black and white and read all over?" The answer is a newspaper, with "read" being the play on words. The word's origins are obscure and date back to between 1590 and 1600. An example sentence using the word conundrum is: "The use of modern and expensive farming techniques is a conundrum for the poor peasants of India." Conundrum is also the name of a non-traditional white wine blend styled by Jon Bolta, as well as the name of the 14th episode of Season Five on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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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.
Source: Dictionary.com
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