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:


This textbook on the history of New York is devoid of pedagogical value, precisely because it is devoid of cogent arguments: it convinces me only that the author's pseudonym, Mr. Manhattan Burgess, must be devoid of truth on two levels, for it is not his real name, and he is surely no burgess of Manhattan.

(by Rudi)



The mayor had asked for comments on the proposed renovation of the town hall, hoping for a cogent response with pros and cons from each burgess, but his pedagogical side as a former teacher surfaced when he received a pseudonymous note and, immediately upon reading it, pulled out a red pen to make comments on the penmanship and corrections to the punctuation and grammar, as well as the reminder: “print your name at the top right of the page”.

(by wordgirl)


Barney Blenkinsop gave the Headmaster cogent reasons for declining the offer of a pedagogical career in the Physics Department: namely that at interview the panel had failed to challenge several suspect entries in his curriculum vitae - including his own (but pseudonymous) stated name of Isaac Newton, and his listing as referees several upstanding burgesses poste restante Ruritania.

(by Bud Myte)


Using the pseudonym Max Karl, the scholar Caynes Jonard Main expounded an economic theory which was applauded as pedagogical, authoritative and influential but which was ultimately deemed not cogent by a long mile to the life of the average burgess in the country.

(by Sami)


Hank Ricarden, leaving behind his largely rewarding life in Langley as the agency's most skilled and cogent agent, became a burgess of India in the early 1990's initially as a part of a covert operation to infiltrate the local mafia accused of the drug trafficking originating around the Mumbai slums, later devoted his entire life to educating the poverty stricken kids of the infamous Bandra slums of Mumbai, under the pseudonymous identity of "DayaBhai" (an apt name meaning "the benevolent " in Hindi, christened by the inhabitants of the slum for whom Hank represented a symbol of hope, equality and freedom) was recently conferred the prestigious "Bharath Ratna" by the Indian government acknowledging his pedagogical pursuits for betterment of the destitute in the penurious neighborhoods of the Bandra slums. (by diveeee)
The Quandary for Monday, January 07, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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