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:


In a desperate effort to win back the affections of Lucinda, the sweetheart he had so foolishly jilted, Melvin concocted a scheme which would prove either a brilliant success or an ignominious failure: he would get himself up in a a hurdy-gurdy man's outfit complete with wig, mustache, fedora, vintage hurdy-gurdy, and rented monkey with chain, station himself at the entrance of Johns Hopkins where she practiced as a brain surgeon, and once the loved one hove in sight, grind his way back into her heart by playing their favorite Stone's tune, "Miss You." (by mtc)


As the scion of local benefactors, it was ignominy enough being the laughing stock of the town when everyone realized that I was head-over-heels in love with a circus performer, but even worse was being jilted during a public event, and having her new lover heave in sight – the gaudily bedecked hurdy-gurdy man, with his monkey tipping a tiny hat to collect coins as they approached.


(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Sunday, January 12, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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