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:


The sweater that Grandma knitted for me was both nitid (in its brilliant yellowness) and noisome (it needed a wash), but Grandma gave me a Hobson's choice — wear it, or wear it — and so I spent the day yellow-bellied, afraid to be seen or smelled. (by Rudi)


"It's rather a case of Hobson's choice, actually, old boy, for as a yellow-bellied deserter it's either the firing squad for you or donning this nitid, indeed noisomely luminous flak jacket and taking your chance in No Man's Land." (by Et Seqq)


The yellow-bellied sapsucker, its nitid black eyes sparkling acquisitively in the early morning sun, was busy drilling another neat circle of holes around the bole of the Atlantic cedar while, hoping to distract it, Mrs. Hull riffled through the Hobson's choice of suets in the fridge, knowing perfectly well that peanut was the only realistic option and that anything else (e.g., orange, raisin, apple, sunflower, hot pepper, insect) would hang there untouched in the suet feeder growing moldier and more noisome by the day. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, July 27, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7880 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.