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:


'This is quite some Casanova's garçonnière,' I enthused, surveying the stupefyingly luxurious hacienda that he requisitioned when inviting lady friends to a leisurely tête-à-tête in one of the seductive garden bowers.

(by Et Seqq)


"This bread needs some butter, and perhaps a bit of garçonnière," suggested Ludek; and I stared at him in stupefied horror, for in that instant it became clear to me he was an alien--not only because he didn't know what a garçonnière was, but also because the walls of his bower had begun to glisten with a glaucous iridescent slime, and indeed his entire hacienda sprouted the most bizarre and otherworldly vegetation; plus he looked like a gigantic praying-mantis (a foible I had, until that moment, chalked up to a Kafkaesque genetic deformity, and spurned to mention, out of politeness).

(by saintdufus)


Wolfgang had always told me about his secret garçonnière in Buenos Aires and I had imagined it as nothing more than a well-appointed bower near the center of town, but when I finally paid him a visit from New York, I was stupefied to discover that he lorded over an expansive hacienda outside the city, stretching for an untold number of hectares and encompassing hundreds of heads of cattle, all a testimony to his successful evasion of the tax man for decades.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, August 03, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7815 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.