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:

4

As I skipped and pranced my way jauntily across a rubble-strewn moraine, musing en passant how I might succinctly describe to my loved ones a recently traversed long, narrow ridge of coarse gravel deposited by a stream flowing in (or under) a decaying ice sheet, whom should I unexpectedly encounter but a stolidly bourgeois fraternity of Gallic motorcycle maintenance aficionados who, questing oilily after Zen enlightenment, instantly petitioned me to join them in meditating upon the gnomic koan 'Qu'est-ce qu'un esker'? (by Et Seqq)

3

Stephan's information-seeking style had always been very much at odds with Elspeth's (she like a bright bird jauntily following a broken trail of breadcrumbs in the gravel atop the shifting ridge line of an esker), but he dutifully asked her questions about the paradoxical nature of koans generally and the lack of narrative coherence in hacker koans in particular, although his stolid, unimaginative outlook would never permit him to accept the utility of interrupting conventional understanding. (by cusheamus)

2

The stolid bear looked up from his fresh kill to watch a mischievous crow bouncing jauntily along the esker toward him, piercing the air as he went with his squawking koans. (by captainthunderbeard)

1

After reading Personal Success Through Koans (a pseudo-inspirational Dogen ripoff) Larry's gone all profounder-than-thou: he's blossomed from your average post-collegiate office temp into a jaunty Zen-master-wannabe who seeks to enlighten his coworkers through riddles and paradoxical questions, to which we, stolid and unmoved, now respond with purely arbitrary answers like "esker," which is the shape of a stream that is not a stream, but which we've also offered as the sound of one hand clapping and the value of one divided by zero. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Wednesday, August 11, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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