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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.
See also: enigma, riddle, wrap

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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When she comes to the functions of griph-riddles, Cook starts with the obvious point that they do not "reverberate as tropes do," do not yield an answer that is also an enigma (153), but she then gives several examples that suggest that their sheer pleasure, notable in itself, can also serve more high-minded aims.
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At its conclusion, full credit is given to Bulldog and other people and ships that captured Enigma machines, including Admiral Dan Gallery and the men of USS Guadalcanal's hunter-killer group who captured U-505 in June 1944.
He brings to his analyses of enigmas and games, asymmetry and mistranslation, Fanfreluches antidotees and Panurge's poem in lanternois, a quirky intellectual zest which I think Rabelais would have enjoyed.
The partnership will enable DCL and Enigma to work together to meet increased demand from OEMs for advanced product documentation solutions.
14 January 2014 - UK developer of molecular diagnostic instrument platforms Enigma Diagnostics Ltd said Tuesday it had complied with the European requirements for CE Marking of its Enigma ML system and its first FluAB-RSV diagnostic test for detection of influenza A and B, and RSV.
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Its revolutionary abilities helped crack the German Enigma code, turning the tide in the Allies' favour.
Enigma InService EPC will enable Toshiba to assemble, distribute and dynamically update an integrated encyclopedia of parts and service information that is searchable by serial number and equipment configuration.
29 July 2013 - UK developer of molecular diagnostic instrument platforms Enigma Diagnostics Ltd said Monday it had wrapped up analytical and diagnostic verification of its FluAB-RSV diagnostic assay on the Enigma ML system and would complete clinical validation and CE marking of the product this year.
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