perplexing state of affairs

See: imbroglio
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It is a perplexing state of affairs how the club can excel in the four-day version, but not so in this case, and while Collingwood can't pinpoint the exact root of the problem, he concedes that some consistency in both batting and bowling would go a long way to resolving it.
It is a sad and perplexing state of affairs that people can win compensation for being forced to wean themselves off an illegal substance.