flummox ˈflə-məks , -miks verb
: be a mystery or bewildering to
The word flummox has appeared in 85 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 26 in “Two African-American Women Are Headed for Runoff in Chicago’s Mayor Race” by Julie Bosman, Mitch Smith and Monica Davey:
The city’s votes were sprinkled widely across the massive field of 14 candidates who had hoped to replace Mr. Emanuel, who didn’t run for a third term. With 92 percent of the votes counted, Ms. Lightfoot had the highest vote tally, with about 17 percent. Ms. Preckwinkle had 16 percent, and Mr. Daley, who was well funded and who many here had expected to easily make the runoff, came in just below 15 percent.
…. For weeks, the sheer number of candidates seemed to have left some Chicagoans flummoxed — unsure, even in the final hours, whom they would vote for. Some political strategists said they wondered if that might discourage some people from voting at all in the election, which is technically nonpartisan, though Democrats reliably win.