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

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


This film is set on the Isle of Man, and you're the qualtagh, so just go into that house before the others, and celebrate the new year, proceeding "inexorably towards drunkenness" as the script says, and skip the expatiation about your inner Sturm und Drang, ok, this ain't acting school and you're just an extra. (by Rudi)


"Donner und Blitzen oder Sturm und Drang?" inquired Professor Berliner histrionically, as he began to expatiate on whether a red-haired first footer carrying a knife is worse luck than the qualtagh whose eyebrows meet in the middle, although to be honest we all knew from past Hogmanay lectures that he was heading inexorably to his pet theory concerning flat-footed female thieves (one of whom he had apparently had the misfortune to marry). (by cusheamus)


The young qualtagh struggled mightily with the visiting pedant’s befuddling expatiations designed, one assumes, to display the narcissistic bumblers linguistic skill but ultimately, and inexorably, drawing attention only to its authors self absorbed Strum und Drang. (by gumo420)


Exhilarated but exhausted after his New Year's Eve moonlit skinny-dip in the freezing Groudle of Lhen Coan, Professor Janusz Verzweiflungcki (a former internee, not a native Manxman) was hauled up, trembling and dripping, on to the river bank by an importuning qualtagh, but - never one to forego a captive audience - blindfolded, gagged and bound the abject peon niftily hand and foot before lugging him home to be the sullen beneficiary of (a) sight of a stale bonnag and (b) an impassioned and inexorable expatiation on the finer points of Haydn's Sturm und Drang style (with special reference to Hoboken XVI/20) - much to the qualtagh's immobile fury, for he had been keenly anticipating this sado-masochistic groundhog fest - ordained to comprise (as ever) the annual leisurely explication of 'Bebung' in C.P.E.Bach's fantasias for five-octave unfretted clavichord . . . and so, once untrussed, was minded to excoriate the Professor for his unscheduled departure from the norm - the utter liberty! (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 27, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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