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:


That's right, Bob, I can see you're quite the sagacious, cosmopolitan, connoiseur traveler walking around like some... boulevardier from snail mail times or something, especially when your foot got stuck in the aperture between the ancient streetcar rails. (by PaideiaSofista)


As the aperture on the lens opened, we were treated to the image of the dapper boulevardier in his perfectly-fitting Italian suit, appearing sagacious as he used a fountain pen to compose a thank-you note in cursive on woven paper, the anachronistic envelope and stamp on the side, waiting to be sent via snail mail - only on a weekday of course. (by Shortscribe)


Sent by snail-mail centuries ago, instructions where to find me, I received a missive from myself, an older more sagacious self, inviting me to leave my live and join him in Paree; "a boulevardier’s life’s for you, the one that we shall lead, upon these new built boulevards of this Second Empire scene"; not knowing how my future self achieved our aspiration, I’m none-the-less not too surprised when suddenly appears before my eyes an aperture through space and time, and, stepping through, I gasp, the realization taking form of this outrageous cosmic leap, but then I smile and relax, for knowing me, I know one thing: an absinthe is awaiting. (by fdrisc)


Julian was more sagacious than a hipster, and thus more of a boulevardier; he knew not to freak out about how the aperture mechanism of his camera was always getting stuck, and he requested handwritten snail mail from his friends not because retro was hip but because he wanted them to put some personality into whatever it was they were trying to let him know.

(by Elijah Shiffer)



“I was born Toulouse and when I married the boulevardier Auguste Lautrec, my last name became Toulouse-Lautrec, we worked in the escargots trade, sending, through the very first snail mail service in the world, our most delectable specimens, the ones with the largest shells and smallest apertures, to Europe's finest restaurants”, Eugenie Toulouse-Lautrec wrote in her seminal work Guide d’Escargots pour l'Idiot Fini (translated in English as The Complete Idiot's Guide to Snails), a historic document which gives us a glimpse into the daily life of France during the Second Empire thanks to the sagacity and preservationist efforts of that period's belletrists.

(by Sami)


"I'll show you a trick", said the sagacious old boulevardier to his grandson, "that any man-about-town ought to know:  instead of tapping out your message on a machine, you scribble it onto a card, put a pretty stamp on it, look for one of these big blue boxes, slip it into this aperture, here, and wait three days for the magic of 'snail mail' to do its work -- do you understand?" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 03, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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