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:



Harold, the lad with the flaxen hair, became the town hero when he enticed the mutant swamp creature back into the miasma of toxic waste from whence it had been released by the perfidious police chief, with a sop of road kill fresh from the highway.

(by wordgirl)


In Plutarch Butterman's Surmberry Award-winning short story "The Perfidious Knave with the Flaxen Hair and Miasmic Breath," a sanitation engineer from Sheboygan offers a sop to a policeman, and then when he's charged with bribery pleads insanity, pointing to his outlandish sombrero as proof of his unstable mind. (by saintdufus)



The mademoiselle with the flaxen hair chose to finish her recital with an encore of Debussy's Prelude 'in homage to S.Pickwick Esq.', but whether this was because it was 
a personal favourite of hers, or was offered up merely as a sop to an audience of perfidious Albioners, I was beyond caring, for the miasma of the preceding Scriabin had left me feeling quite nauseous.
(by Et Seqq)


“I am very disappointed in you”, I yelled at our dog who had just swallowed my iPod Nano, “and you are so yellow and perfidious, you might as well be flaxen miasma”, and turning to my wife, “we have flaxen miasma for a pet”, but she gave me a little pat on the head as a sop to calm me down, observing cruelly that I may “retrieve the cherished toy gadget in a day or two from flaxen miasma”.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 13, 2011 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.