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:


"Mayday, mayday!" shouted the pilot, as his bullet-riddled Sopwith Camel spiraled wildly from the sky in an ominous cloud of billowing black smoke--and whether 'twas that the World War I biplane passed through some rift or chasm in the spacetime continuum, or whether reality as he knew it somehow "skipped" like a cosmic phonograph record, or whether for some other reason altogether, Lieutenant Niles Mandrake Loudbottom of Her Majesty's Royal Air Service found himself flaming from the gray heavens, not toward the piebald Bavarian countryside as he'd expected, but rather toward a 21st-century American rock festival called "Lollapalooza," where a band called the Snozzberries was just wrapping up its set, and a loquacious landscaper called Mavis Hormel (who specialized in the art of pleaching, and had only that morning collected an award for a particularly praiseworthy series of fragrant birchen bowers she'd erected along West Pond's quasi-fashionable Upper Left Side) was abruptly flattened beneath six-and-a-half thunderous tons of scorched and twisted shrapnel as the aeroplane slammed into the patch of lawn where poor Mavis sat, enthusiastically applauding her beloved 'Berries, a bright smile upon her ruddy face, oblivious to the very last moment to the tragic and implausible doom which the Fates, in a rare fit of creative malice, had foretold for her.


(by saintdufus)



Jack was known for being loquacious but everyone thought he had told one lollapalooza of a lie when he recounted the story of a great giant of a man dropping down from the clouds into the new park and pleaching branches of the tallest trees into a huge arbor to create a spectacular entryway, but a week later when nearly the whole town was gathered to plant flowers and dedicate the new green space, people began to tremble and call out “Mayday!” after they heard thunderous footfalls accompanied by a rumbling, “Fee. Fie. Foe. Fum.”.

(by wordgirl)


Poor boy was wincing and winking and attempting every other kind of nonverbal mayday for his father to rescue him from his uncle - the perfect lollapalooza of those old loquacious professors, who weaved and pleached their sesquipedalian shenanigans like old spinsters their shawls.

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 07, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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