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:


Kerry Plain, a wily blue collar bloke who won a luxury car holiday, chortled over the heretofore putative, but now proof positive, offerings served in the passenger perch of a luxurious sedan – coifed carpaccio collops, blushed champagne in a crystal flute and venerable caviar – while curving magnetically around sinuous coastline corniches (in a Rolls model of similar appellation). (by docephesus)


As Wally drove up a narrow corniche leading to a decadent mountaintop eatery, he chortled at the thought of fat as a putative cause of heart disease, and he didn't notice the rail thin hikers who had stopped beside the road to enjoy the stunning valley view, so focused was he on the collop of meat he would soon devour. (by Rudi)


"Non! Non! Non! Non! Non!" my Parisian cooking teacher remonstrated angrily while my classmates chortled at my impertinence, "a cornichon is not a small corniche, it is a cucumber pickle, and a cornish hen is not a chicken crossing a road by the sea, it is a collop of chicken", and then he added derisively, "your putative commitment to a career in haute cuisine is looking increasingly unserious, Monsieur le colonel du Kentucky." (by Sami)


As my man Humphreys took the old Rolls round another vertiginous bend of the Moyenne Corniche I leaned forward to enquire if he had remembered to prepare my favourite dish of sliced ham collops for supper, at which he regaled me by chortling over his shoulder 'oh, right, sir, so the dogsbody's the putative chef de cuisine now as well as chauffeur, gardener, and nurse, is he?' . . . which I understood to mean that, dependable as ever, he had indeed not failed me. (by Et Seqq)


Wanda could not help chortling to herself as she assembled the latest brochure for her scenic international weight loss program, pasting in a photo of a putative tourist (much more svelte than her targeted participants) strolling along a corniche in Ireland with a 300-foot drop to the sea on one side: "this'll scare the collops off them!" (by Amalia)
The Quandary for Monday, March 07, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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