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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FESTEN, v. Also fais(t)en, fes(s)en, fessin, fes'n. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. fasten. [fɛsn]

Sc. usage: to perplex, puzzle, non-plus (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also in Eng. dial. Hence fessener, a puzzler, a baffling problem (Ib.; m.Lth.1 1951).Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 12:
This was a fessener, an A was keinda stucken.

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