A player does not know how to progress in a game. There is one or more illogical solutions.
This pattern is identified subjectively, so any mitigation has to be a collaboration between the author and the game player or beta tester.
Garage You are in the garage connected to the side of your home. A car is here on blocks while you repair a tire. One of the tires is flat and you are trying to remove it. The lugnuts have been removed. > GET TIRE You pull as hard as you can, but the tire won't come loose. > HIT CAR You slap the hood of the car and the tire pops off. You're now ready to continue with your work.