conundrum conundrum  /kə ˈnənd rəm/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a difficult problem

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. To beat the Soviets to the moon, many U.S. engineers and scientists worked hard to solve every conundrum that stood in their way.
  2. The nuclear plant proved more of a political conundrum rather than a economic one.

News

  1. Tim Tebow's Short, Strange Ride Continues

    In April I wrote about the "Tebow Conundrum" -- why a player with a short but impressive NFL track record (if not throwing mechanics) finds himself with few NFL options. Out of the blue and in spite of denials only last week, the Patriots signed him.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. Spurs now faced with Heat conundrum

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs restricted LeBron James to 17 points in Game Two of the NBA Finals but were still beaten by 19 as the Miami Heat presented them with a puzzle that few have learned how to deal with. The risk of not having a LeBron centered gameplan is obvious. Let him get to the paint and he can destroy you single-handedly. But the conundrum is this: focus ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

  3. NBA-Spurs now faced with Heat conundrum

    By Simon Evans MIAMI, June 10 (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs restricted LeBron James to 17 points in Game Two of the NBA Finals but were still beaten by 19 as the Miami Heat presented them with a puzzle that few have learned how to deal with. The risk of not having a LeBron centered gameplan is obvious. Let him get to the paint and he can destroy you single-handedly. But the conundrum is this ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

Quotes

  1. "We could find ourselves in the conundrum of having made a decision about nicotine only to have made the public health radically worse. And that is not the position FDA is in; we approve products that enhance health, not destroy it," said von...
    on Mar 6, 2007 By: Dr Andrew von Eschenbach Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "For the moment, the broadly unanticipated behavior of world bond markets remains a conundrum," Greenspan said. "Bond price movements may be a short-term aberration, but it will be some time before we are able to better judge the forces...
    on Feb 16, 2005 By: Alan Greenspan Source: USA Today

  3. "Japan is an intriguing research policy conundrum, as it has been a leading contributor to the development of modern science in many fields over half a century," said Jonathan Adams, director, research evaluation at Thomson Reuters. "A...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Jonathan Adams Source: MarketWatch (press release)

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