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:


We became fast friends as fellow heliotropes, allied sun-seekers, but when I joined him at the beach I felt like a spare tire, a gooseberry, unwanted except as someone to boss around: it seems the undulating sea waves did little to assuage his imperious manner.

(by Rudi)



After feasting on some glorious ripe Chinese gooseberries (also known as kiwi fruit), we hiked a short distance to view the undulating green hills which spread out before us, with their patches of heliotrope where wildflowers had sprung up here and there among the vines, and our world seemed serene until an imperious voice from behind us demanded, “What the *#$! are you doing on my property?”.

(by wordgirl)


"I really wanted to like your painting Impression of a Sunset", my watercolor teacher said in an imperious tone, "the heliotrope sky at dusk, the huge fraying orange sun, the smoothly undulating shimmers of the sea, they are simply perfect, but why add this tattooed surfer gooseberry in the middle of it all?"

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 13, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7875 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.