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:


Kurt's effrontery was often rather droll; people who did business with him over the phone were overawed by his barked, one-sided, strong-willed decisions and imagined they were talking to a looming leviathan, but when they met him they inevitably suppressed laughter at such a larger-than-life personality packed into such an exiguously scrawny frame.

(by Elijah Shiffer)



In retrospect, the apparition at the door was oddly amusing, a leviathan of a man, shaggy and squashed into a cub scout master’s uniform, wielding in one hand a baseball bat and in the other a collection can; It was Connie who opened the door and whispered to me, and I, seeing only our giant’s silhouette, expended the full measure of my exiguous courage and leaped upon the piano screaming, meanwhile, Connie, who calmed me and called me down from my perch, has had the effrontery to tell the tale to all our crowd ending with her now celebrated punchline, “ I said droll not troll”.

(by fdrisc)


The elementary school principal enlivened the PTA meeting with her droll observation, "I marvel at the effrontery you people show in criticizing the 'exiguous portions' on offer in the cafeteria, when day after day you deposit your ravenous, two hundred pound leviathans on our doorstep and expect us to keep them happy after having voted yet again last November to cut the school budget!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Saturday, May 04, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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