Is an overly-elaborate plan best described as torturous or tortuous?
How to remember it:
Torturous (with a second "r") really does suggest torture, the word it comes from. It's reserved for things that are very unpleasant, painful, difficult, or slow.
But something that is tricky, complicated, or circuitous such as an overly elaborate plan is tortuous. Think of twists and turns, and consider a related word: torque, which refers to a force that causes something to rotate.