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Old 02-24-2010, 03:16 PM
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Origin of this phrase? "Riddle wrapped in an enigma..."

I see the phrase "Riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a puzzle" often and have always wondered what it's from. I first heard it in an episode of Newsradio when Jimmy James said something like this but finished the phrase by saying he was covered in "Secret sauce."

Anybody know?
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:20 PM
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Winston Churchill first used it in a 1939 radio broadcast to describe Russia.

"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 interests."

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:21 PM
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Winston Churchill speaking on Russia. If he derived it from any earlier phrase, I haven't heard it:

Quote:
The World War II years

* 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.
o BBC broadcast (“The Russian Enigma”), London, October 1, 1939 (partial text).
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:26 PM
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Wow, that was fast. Thanks!!!
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:01 PM
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I see the phrase "Riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a puzzle"
And sometimes it's in a vest.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:17 PM
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BTW, the Newsradio / Jimmy James quote is, "I am cipher. A cipher....wrapped in an enigma ... smothered in secret sauce." Great show, great quote.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:49 PM
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More recently, Joe Pesci's character (David Ferrie) says it in the movie JFK.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:20 AM
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A variation I've heard goes....

He is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, poured in a douchebag.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:26 AM
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... wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:55 AM
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...with a side of two mockeries and a sham.
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