Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In comp. psychol., a box or pen in which animals are confined for experimental purposes, and from which they may release themselves by clawing a string, pressing a lever, etc.
“That comes of Harry dying so inconsiderately and leaving this puzzle-box on my hands.”
“I persuaded him to believe that the universe was a hoax ... a puzzle-box.”
“Tessa DeCarlo on Lives in the Brooklyn Rail: "By turns witty and horrifying, moving and puzzle-box clever, visually delicious and morally profound, it dramatizes the terrible price a society pays when it destroys trust in pursuit of security.”
“Once again, the gang is confronted by trap doors, puzzle-box desks, invisible maps, and treasure-hiding caves.”
“The true brilliance of the film is how it slides genre elements along side one another; like the puzzle-box of the films central conceit.”
“The Time Cube desk-clock slowly rotates through a variety of angular, geometric forms like a Clive Barker puzzle-box, snapping into cube-shape at noon and midnight.”
“Sometimes, Sky Ape achieves heights of puzzle-box surreality that is comparable to The Invisibles.”
“Opening it was like figuring out the combination to the Hellraiser puzzle-box: Pull this tab, fold that, perforate this, slice open that.”
“Close beside her, on a low chair, sat a little fair-haired girl, about seven years old, who was going through some pretence at needlework; and kneeling on a higher chair, while she sprawled over the drawing-room table, was another girl, some three years younger, who was engaged with a puzzle-box.”
“It is severe, lofty Gothic, majestic by its own intrinsic virtue, and doubly so in comparison with the uncouth puzzle-box effect of the whole.”
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