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playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)

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perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)

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As Frederick Turner points out in his biography, Muir never fully formulated a land ethic: "At the outset, Muir felt himself unprepared to develop what amounted to a land ethic, and indeed, long after he had become a legend and a symbol of the preservationist cause, there remained a kind of quizzicality to his public utterances.
Indeed, audiences at the Whitechapel Art Gallery initially have little else to go on, experiencing a considerable interlude of rebuffed quizzicality on first entering the galleries, followed by the realization that Rondinone's cryptic installation is aimed less at the mind than at the nervous system.
OU start with the little lady, whose eyes blink with the quizzicality of an owl, before she shuts them altogether to enter the mysterious and rambling realms of dream, where her characters take shape and dip into their many colours.
But she had a good smile offered with a wellmeasured inclination of the head which suggested a certain quizzicality.
In the past, Ford Davies has specialized in a bemused quizzicality of an achingly moving sort: His doubting cleric in David Hare's "Racing Demon" won him an Olivier Award a decade ago and remains one of the most unaffectedly anguished perfs in my experience.