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Playing With: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma
Basic Trope: A Stock Phrase, rooted in the unknown, described in hyperbole.
  • Straight: "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
  • Exaggerated: "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma shrouded in secrecy buried in a brainteaser coded in a cryptogram."
  • Downplayed: "A riddle."
  • Justified: The phrase is uttered in a Biopic about Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill.
  • Inverted: "A fact established in certainty pronounced in obviousness."
  • Subverted: "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an eggroll."
  • Double Subverted: "In my country, 'Eggroll' is slang for something confusing and hard to understand"
  • Parodied: "A conundrum guarded by The Men in Black hidden among a pack of chupacabras."
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: "This riddle is quite a mysterious enigma."
  • Enforced: The producer of a mystery story is also a history buff or just really likes the phrase and wants the work's creators to use it.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
    Bob: Ha, a Winston Churchill quote reference. Nice!
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed:
    Alice: You're in over your head, Bob. This case is too big for you to solve.
    Bob: Oh really, is this supposed to be like one of those 'riddles wrapped in mysteries inside enigmas'?
    Alice: In a word, yes.
  • Conversed:
    Alice: Next, Adam West is going to say that The Riddler has left him and Robin "another one of his criminal conundrums... wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
    Bob: Yeah, he would totally say that!
  • Implied:
    Bob: It's like a riddle?
    Alice: It's a bit more complicated than that.

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