Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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And as she hurried home, reflecting on the strangely toponymic name of the artist who had possibly fathered Sir Pantagruel's ancestor, too many unwonted wisenheimers in this case, and Jasmine suddenly looked up, stopped and stared, as the skywalker tumbled from the top of the crane and she could have sworn that there was another movement up there, but too far for her to be sure, but she was sure about the man's cry as he plummeted to the ground; grabbing her phone from her bag she ran as she dialled and called for an ambulance, even knowing that it would be no use, too late, and she rounded the corner and stood stock still – for though she saw a bloody stain on the tarmac, directly below the crane, there was no body there!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Wednesday, May 04, 2016, consists of:
  • unwonted
  • skywalker
  • wisenheimer
  • toponym
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

Unusual or accustomed.
  1. (usually figuratively) One who walks in the sky.
    1. (specifically) A member of the Mohawk group of Native Americans; especially one who is or was involved in steelworking on tall buildings in New York City.
    2. (by extension from the previous) Any ironworker working at a height.
    3. One who walks along a skywalk or skyway.
      May the Fourth – oops, the Force – be with you! Today is observed as Star Wars Day by fans of the franchise.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for May 4, 2016 is:

wisenheimer • \WYE-zun-hye-mer\  • noun

: smart aleck


Leslie delivered a flawless presentation even in spite of interruptions from the wisenheimers in the back of the classroom.

"… we both come from incredibly saucy families who love to sling it every which way, so it just seemed natural for us to cross our fingers that any children we had would be little wisenheimers." — Lisa Sugarman, The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma), 20 Dec. 2015

Did you know?

We wouldn’t joke around about the origin of this witty word. In the early 20th century, someone had the smart idea to combine the adjective wise (one sense of which means "insolent, smart-alecky, or fresh") with -enheimer, playing on the pattern of family names such as Oppenheimer and Guggenheimer. Of course, wisenheimer isn’t the only "wise-" word for someone who jokes around. There’s also wiseacre, wisecracker, and wise guy. All of these jokesters are fond of making wisecracks.

toponym: a place name.

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