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:


Less gracious Officers before me have declared Azzi Ben Victor an artiodactyl thug believing this jumped up little martinet to have cloven hooves instead of feet; and as he struts so arrogantly in the complete assurance that he is the mighty panjandrum of the Canals I am evinced that they were correct and lest I desire to circumnavigate Africa I must, for the moment, kow-tow before this Suezian mephisto. (by gumo420)


In today's episode of Animal Explorers, Rhinny The Rhinoceros fights frostbite (which threatens to make him an artiodactyl) and bargains with the grand panjandrum of penguins (a sartorial martinet who denies passage to visitors without tuxedos), becoming the first perrisodactyl to traverse Antarctica, and eventually to circumnavigate the globe. (by Rudi)


The captain never was too fond about ideas from the deckhands - no, ever since the crab incident four years ago which left him artiodactylous we'd seen a swift change of persona; now a panjandrum who never missed an opportunity to impose his martinetish edicts on the men - and he was met with loath obedience when decreeing a circumnavigation around the island, just to ascertain that it really was crabless. (by Martin)


An artiodactylic Malay mouse deer (smallest of the even-toed ungulates and, more importantly, going by the name of Babette) was skittering across the marble floor, trying to stay out from under the feet of His Honor the Mighty and Terrible Panjandrum of the Housekeeping Staff who was majestically circumnavigating his splendid office, followed by two nervous, squeaking assistants, all of them together dreading the approach of Her Excellency the Emperor's Enforcer, who was known to be a thoroughly intractable martinet when it came to allowing anything that might be considered "dinner" to be named and kept as a pet. (by cusheamus)


While ordinarily loath to circumnavigate a problem, Pintner the panjandrum ( as we called him privately) abandoned his usual martinet pose and tiptoed away from the rabid pit bull with all the alacrity of the most agile artiodactyl. (by tree)


At the liquid levee held in honour of my bedraggled arrival, a court flunkey (a born martinet) stipulated that I must twice circumnavigate the pool before being presented to His Most Glorious Mud-Wallowing Panjandrum - who then proceeded to yawn largely while advising me that just as the Houyhnhnms despised the Yahoos, so his artiodactylic pod (a tribe calling itself the Qdrvllqndrrys) loathed the Houyhnhnms, for the very obvious reason that their pedal extremities were obnoxious, i.e., not evenly furcated. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Wednesday, January 27, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7728 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore other Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.


We don't archive definitions. You can find the definitions on their respective sites by following the links above.

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.