In L. Frank Baum's The Emerald City of Oz, the Fuddles, who live in Fuddlecumjig, are jigsaw puzzle people. When Dorothy encounters them, Toto has loudly chased a beetle, and they have all fallen apart:

    They looked much like fragments of wood neatly painted, and were of all sorts of curious and fantastic shapes, no two pieces being in any way alike.
    They picked up some of these pieces and looked at them carefully. On one which Dorothy held was an eye, which looked at her pleasantly but with an interested expression, as if it wondered what she was going to do with it. Quite near by she discovered and picked up a nose, and by matching the two pieces together found that they were part of a face. "If I could find the mouth," she said, "this Fuddle might be able to talk, and tell us what to do next."

Fud"dle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p., Fuddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Fuddling (?).] [Perh. formed as a kind of dim. of full. Cf. Fuzzle.]

To make foolish by drink; to cause to become intoxicated. [Colloq.]

I am too fuddled to take care to observe your orders.


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Fud"dle, v. i.

To drink to excess. [Colloq.]


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