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:


Thinking I'd be more successful as a flaneur than I had been as a couch-potato, I said farewell to the afternoon soaps and, with high hopes for future achievement, thus embarked in new shoes on a series of aimless divagations, but when I wandered into a llanoesque abandoned property on the outskirts of Pleasantville, its barren flatness gave me case of the yips, producing a certain nervous tension which hindered my ability to perform at top capacity as a wanderer and sent me searching for the cover of trees, the soothing undulations of hilly terrain, and then for comfort of whatever medication I could procure once conclusively diagnosed with agoraphobia. (by Rudi)


Every now and then, Ramiro the shortstop would get a bad case of the yips, and the manager could only calm him by murmuring phrases in lisping Spanish to remind him of his boyhood in Valencia, before baseball took over his life, when he was a mere flaneur divagating upon the llanos. (by Amalia)


Traversing the fields of quixotic Spain, Cramped and afflicted by strong muscle pain (And nerves also on edge as he trod, For this was his première abroad!,) With sore feet and stiff will For an in loco swill Of a vintage Los Llanos Among Spanish hermanos, The maudlin French flâneur of old Turned long-distance wine-taster bold Divagated for a moment or two About le bon temps qui ne revient plus, Prior to work as a sommelier 'mid many fine wines and much goose pâté, When his days were but to sit, sip and saunter from amorous trysts to the odd encounter -- Then took a false step and fell on his hips In a textbook example of first-timer's yips. (by Guizo)


The Blue Team seemed aimless and distracted, divagating hither and thither over the llano like a slurry of bumpkin flaneurs, a sad state of affairs that was unexpectedly interpreted by the Brown Team as a shrewd strategy of some kind, one they couldn't figure out, which in turn gave them such bad case of the yips 'n' twitches that they couldn't concentrate at all and only won the game by accident when one of the horses, taking advantage of his rider's wandering attention by grazing in the end zone, nudged the severed head off the bluff. (by cusheamus)


See that beflanneled flaneur with a bad case of the yips divagating (which is what golfing flaneurs are wont to do) and twitching a meandering course across the Texan llano, homing in on the sand-swept mirage of a clubhouse bar. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, December 03, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7809 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.