Gordian knot

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any very difficult problem

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an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

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PHOENIX -- PHOENIX, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Pacific Railway's innovative approach to cutting the Gordian Knot of railroad scheduling has won the 2003 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences.