stumper

[stuhm-per]
noun
1.
a person or thing that stumps.
2.
an extremely difficult question, task, or problem.
3.
a person who makes stump speeches.

Origin:
1725–35; stump + -er1

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stump (stʌmp)
 
n
1.  the base part of a tree trunk left standing after the tree has been felled or has fallen
2.  the part of something, such as a tooth, limb, or blade, that remains after a larger part has been removed
3.  informal, facetious
 a.  (often plural) a leg
 b.  stir one's stumps to move or become active
4.  cricket any of three upright wooden sticks that, with two bails laid across them, form a wicket (the stumps)
5.  Also called: tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled paper or leather, used in drawing and shading
6.  a heavy tread or the sound of heavy footsteps
7.  a platform used by an orator when addressing a meeting
8.  (Austral) (often plural) a pile used to support a house
9.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) on the stump engaged in campaigning, esp by political speech-making
 
vb
10.  (tr) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
11.  (intr) to plod or trudge heavily
12.  (tr) cricket (of a fielder, esp a wicketkeeper) to dismiss (a batsman) by breaking his wicket with the ball or with the ball in the hand while he is out of his crease
13.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to campaign or canvass (an area), esp by political speech-making
14.  (tr) to reduce to a stump; lop
15.  (tr) to clear (land) of stumps
 
[C14: from Middle Low German stump; related to Dutch stomp, German Stumpf; see stamp]
 
'stumper
 
n

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Example sentences
So to me and my current understanding, it is this singularity that really is the stumper.
The solution to the problem is relatively simple but if you didn't know better it may be a bit of a stumper.
He also owned a stumper and a storage trailer, as well as some hand tools.
Here's another stumper: you've been working on a story for a while.
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