[adj] making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
[adj] highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
[adj] used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots; "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"
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baffling, Byzantine, complex, convoluted, crooked, difficult, gnarled, gnarly, hard, intricate, involved, knobbed, knotted, labyrinthine, problematic, problematical, tangled, tortuous