making great mental demands
hard to comprehend or solve or believe
"a baffling problem"
"I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"
"a problematic situation at home"
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
"his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"
"a subtle difference"
"that elusive thing the soul"
skillful at eluding capture
"a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
difficult to describe
"a haunting elusive odor"