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      n   pl   , -teries  
1    an unexplained or inexplicable event, phenomenon, etc.  
2    a person or thing that arouses curiosity or suspense because of an unknown, obscure, or enigmatic quality  
3    the state or quality of being obscure, inexplicable, or enigmatic  
4    a story, film, etc., which arouses suspense and curiosity because of facts concealed  
5      (Christianity)   any truth that is divinely revealed but otherwise unknowable  
6      (Christianity)   a sacramental rite, such as the Eucharist, or (when pl.) the consecrated elements of the Eucharist  
7    often pl   any of various rites of certain ancient Mediterranean religions  
8       short for       mystery play  
     (C14: via Latin from Greek musterion secret rites. See mystic)  
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mystery          [2]  
      n   pl   , -teries  
Archaic  
1    a trade, occupation, or craft  
2    a guild of craftsmen  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin misterium, from Latin ministerium occupation, from minister official)  

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mystery

  
  
cloak and dagger, closed book, conundrum, enigma, problem, puzzle, question, riddle, secrecy, secret, teaser  

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exp.
a mystery wrapped in an enigma
Latin phrase meaning "to explain an obscurity by something still more obscure"
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
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