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:


Larry expected a lagniappe from the folks at the garden store (maybe a few seed packets or something) as he'd been shopping there at least a quadrennium, but when they gave him a pergola, he whinged, wondering how he'd get it home, and what kind of climbing plants--he didn't like climbing plants--he could train on it. (by Rudi)



Benjamin realized that it must have been a quadrennium since he last set foot on the estate where he played as a child, and the roses covering the pergola looked as if they hadn’t been trimmed in all that time, but the master greeted him warmly and did not whinge about the devastating change of fortune that had befallen him; so, as a lagniappe to the elder man, the former gardener’s son vowed to return and revive the grounds just outside the parlor windows before spring.

(by wordgirl)


For an entire quadrennium - that is, between the Beijing and London Olympics - our paunchy gymnast manqué exercised his waning skills only by weaving along the parallel bars of a decayed pergola in his uncle's rose garden, whingeing at once again having been passed over, and cursing the token lagniappe sent as a sop - a plastic lapel-badge reading 'See you in Rio!'.

(by Bud Myte)


At completion of the pergola, my carpenter declared to me smugly, as if it was for me some kind of incredibly generous lagniappe, that his work was "fully guaranteed for a year", but I whinged in return that only one year betrayed his lack of confidence in his own craftsmanship and that he should extend it to at least a quadrennium. (by Sami)



All the skinflint Mr. Brown did during a festivity was whinge uncontrollably for it required him to present a lagniappe to those few who patronized his services and this Christmas a notion engaged his sagacious mind, he turned to his unattended garden and glanced at the overgrown Chrisanthumum plant, supported on the pergola which for some strange reason flowered only once a quadrennium, as the perfect piece to humble his customers for their clientele.

(by diveeee)
The Quandary for Tuesday, December 18, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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