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a riddle wrapped in an enigma

That which is so dense and secretive as to be totally indecipherable or impossible to foretell. It is a shortened version of a line used by Winston Churchill to describe the intentions and interests of Russia in 1939: "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." Many versions, variations, and appropriations of the quote, its structure, and its meaning have since been in use. I can't make any sense of this calculus textbook, it's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma. I just don't have any idea what Mary expects from me; she's a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
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a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

That which is so dense and secretive as to be totally indecipherable or impossible to foretell. It is from a line used by Winston Churchill to describe the intentions and interests of Russia in 1939: "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." Many versions, variations, and appropriations of the quote, its structure, and its meaning have since been in use. Political campaigns make my head hurt. They're just a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
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Such external action on the part of enigmas links the cognitive dimension central to most of the book to the other functions of riddles reserved for the last chapter.
If attention to enigma as a basic literary category has waned since then, interest in the thing itself has not, and could be said to have increased sharply in twentieth-century literature.
Enigma will make product samples available for customer evaluation later this year.
The release of Adorons Easy Security allows Enigma to provide Internet users with a simple control to protect their PCs from being hijacked by malicious spyware.
Based on the e-commerce agreement between the two companies, Enigma plans to further expand the visibility of its products by adding them to Digital River's industry leading catalog of downloadable software products.
Enigma develops and markets digital products and services for the consumer market.
Both the EN6110 Switch device and EN6240 Fabric Manager feature a number of complex IP blocks with demanding timing and power constraints," said Robert Sturgill, CEO and president of Enigma.
Being recognized as one of EDN's Hot 100 Products of 2006 is a validation of the industry's direction toward the next generation in highly scalable switch design," said Rob Sturgill, president and CEO of Enigma Semiconductor.
The business drivers for the broadband access edge sector in turn drive network equipment vendors' product plans," said Rob Sturgill, president and CEO of Enigma Semiconductor.
With rising demands from both enterprise and carrier network providers, the only way to achieve the next level of switching scalability is to break the mold," said Rob Sturgill, president and CEO of Enigma Semiconductor.
OTCBB:GOJO), a leading developer of thin client application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Enigma Thin Client Systems to distribute the GO-Global family of application publishing solutions throughout South Africa.
Nasdaq:RMBS), one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed chip interfaces and Enigma Semiconductor, an emerging leader in networked communications technology, today announced that Enigma has licensed Rambus' ABP (Advanced Backplane) high-speed serial link interconnect technology for integration into Enigma's HybriCore(TM) switch architecture.
Enigma Semiconductor today announced its HybriCore integrated switch architecture, delivering more than 280 Gbps per switch for two terabits of full duplex, non-blocking traffic across the system backplane.