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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A riddle wrapped up in an enigma'?

'A riddle wrapped up in an enigma' is a puzzle - something especially difficult to understand or to solve.

What's the origin of the phrase 'A riddle wrapped up in an enigma'?

The phrase 'A riddle wrapped up in an enigma'.'A riddle wrapped up in an enigma' is a shortened form of a quotation made by Sir Winston Churchill, in a radio broadcast in October 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."

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