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:


In Nathaniel Fockner's novel The Marplot of Kensington & Other Tales of Meddling (which, incidentally, won the Saul H. Bodkin Award for Metafiction in 1794), a simpering wiseacre named Flabby "Buttcheeks" McGee causes a ship to disembogue from the Thames into the English Channel at the worst possible moment, bringing it under attack by the Spanish Armada (not to give anything away, but Flabby saves his proverbial tuchus by stripping off every item of his clothing, clambering up into the crow's nest, leaping out into mid-air, and grasping the talons of a passing condor; he then turns and makes an obscene hand gesture at his enemies, which causes him to lose his grip and plummet sixty feet into the waiting jaws of a sea monster).


(by saintdufus)



We were so excited about taking a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, beginning with a boat trip down the Mulgrave River which would disembogue near the Frankland Islands, where we could disembark and view the unique life forms of the reef – as long as we didn’t touch or take anything, but one wiseacre among a group of rather rowdy tourists was the marplot who managed to spoil our day (and his), simpering as he reached down into a tide pool and pulled out a lovely patterned shell, just before he was harpooned by the poisonous snail inside.

(by wordgirl)


We had chartered a houseboat to take us from Basel to Rotterdam where the Rhine river disembogues into the Atlantic but upon arrival in the Dutch seaport, our  wiseacre captain, a bona fide marplot, ignored our pleas to disembark and, with a sly simper on his face, made a U turn heading back south because he "just felt like experiencing the majesty and romance of Loreley one more time." (by Sami)
The Quandary for Monday, August 20, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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