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:


Jeremy was a parvenu in the world of mountaineering, rising to a position of prominence after a chance meeting with Sir Ed’s family, but his new-found power caused him to be reckless and take shortcuts when he assured a group of relative newbies that they could easily ascend the glaciers surrounding a nearby nunatak, but when those in the lead suddenly found themselves peering into the maw of an uncharted crevasse, they stepped back slowly from the edge, descended to relatively flat ground, and ran higgledy-piggledy --  despite their crampons and other equipment -- back to camp.

(by wordgirl)


Although there were parvenus aplenty at the Altamonte Country Club, the admissions committee received Bert's application for full membership like the wind blowing off a nunatak after a series of reported gaffes and gaucheries: "dining with his ample maw open, peas and potatoes spilling out on the table;" "chasing the peacocks higgledy-piggledy around the grounds, cocktail in hand," and the final straw, "flaunting a Gold Presidential Rolex with diamond-encrusted bezel." (by mtc)


"Higgledy-piggledy the panicked party goers scattered over the blood-stained snow straining to escape the gory maw of the grizzly," the contestant began; "wishing they had refused the invitation of a Gatsby-like parvenu to attend a nunatak party in Alaska," he concluded. (by mtc)
The Quandary for Saturday, February 08, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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