To baffle. Used in a 'human vs. human' mental standoff. Inanimate objects and abstract concepts cannot flamboozle someone. I don't think animals can be flamboozled, either. However, they may possess the ability to flamboozle.
Willie flamboozled the thieves that were chasing him by hiding in a dumpster but leaving a trail of footprints leading into an adjacent apartment.
by Phil Errup October 20, 2004