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:


Our first two dates were sizzling hot but when I finally saw Hunk's place... oh boy, his A/C had clonked out so it was like a tandoor in there, and his whole meiny was hanging around (stepmother, uncle, psychotic parakeet, and two ex-girlfriends who hadn't moved out), smoking, coughing, and gabbing in some raspy dialect I couldn't parse – I tell you Coco, I had no qualms about ending it. (by Rudi)


Smith and his not-inconsiderable meiny could never agree on a restaurant, especially when the in-laws were visiting; the children and grandchildren clamored for Greek food, Ermenhild held out for tandoori chicken, and Stan had qualms about any place where he couldn't parse the menu with his stubbornly monolingual middle American English. (by Amalia)


There's many a man in a meiny who predicates parsing is brainy; whereas baking a cu-rry (such as chicken tandoori) gives him no qualms to think of as zany (by Justinnthyme40)


Ekanath efficiently collected wagonloads of food and drink and organized the domestics of the several households into an orderly meiny, so we set out at last for Khyber Paktunkhwa, our qualms soothed by the presence of so many stout retainers, the plentiful provisions, and the presence of the learned Doctor Taraprashad on whose giant intellect (though he spent the entire journey sitting in a dim corner of one of the carriages parsing lines of Pashto poetry) we relied for solving any problems we might encounter en route, as when at the first evening halt we discovered that the cart holding the tandoor had either strayed or had been left behind and we had no way of baking the naan, but he showed us how to prepare something quite palatable using heated stones instead. (by cusheamus)


Looking about the royal kitchens, Her Majesty had severe qualms that none of her trembling meiny (not a competent cook among them since the chef's untimely demise) had ever baked naan in a tandoor before, so promptly rolled up her sleeves while calling out 'off with their head', wondering, as she rolled out the dough and her halberdiers set to, whether parsing would reveal it preferable to have said 'off with their heads', but consoled herself that the outcome would have been much the same. (by Et Seqq)


"Nice tush, but my qualm as I parse, Is I wish that your hair wasn't sparse;" "Since this meiny's cold, Dear, With the bread, I sat near The tandoor to just warm up my arse." (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 23, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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