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:


Tavish Dalwhinnie and Jasmine Juniper-Green were listening to Daphne Dumbiedykes and Maude Lyttleton explaining the importance of the unexpected discovery of a Mediaeval Kist allegedly once belonging to Lady Griselda of Longformacus in a Ha-Ha near Lesmahagow containing the purported Diary of Sir Parlane MacFarlane, written in obscure Code, which on the instructions of their nephew Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Brevity had been confiscated from the Very Reverend Angus MacAngus who had, with the aid of the eminent Archaeologists Royal, Professors Sir Clement Dane, both of them, verified it's authenticity, and had just begun auctioning it on Wee-Bay where the bids had just topped £15,000,000 from President Donald 'Duck' Trumpet-Trousers, himself a descendant of the infamous Scottish Baronet: "they haven't had time to decode it, so we are going to have first dibs" said Daphne, making it clear that everyone in the room was included, "after Professor Carolina Moonbeam's Forensic Science Department has objectively dated and verified it's physical provenance, we can examine the contents – I have a feeling that this may help explain many of the disappeared and perhaps give us an access to the underbelly of MacFarlane's schemes, and with the assistance of your young friend, Levy, enable you to make contact and perhaps bring them back," when the phone rang! after a few words and some listening, Jasmine put it down and turned excitedly to the others: "that was Rilla Balquhidder, Sam has turned up, spreadeagled in Little Levy's room, she says he's well, just a little shaken up, and wants to see us," she looked towards Daphne and Maude, "just Tavish and I at the moment, but I'm sure he'll want to talk with both of you soon," and Tavish clapped his hands, "keep in touch with Gordon and ask him if Carolina can fast-track the Kist and Diary and get them to us PDQ – Jasmine and I will organise a team to work on translating the Diary and get pages to you immediately – if we give you facsimiles of each page of the diary together with the translation, you will be able to check and correct the translations and we should have the lot done in record time: this might be the break we've all been waiting for," and Maude hoped she wasn't pouring cold water when she said: "the question, Sam, is 'if', I wouldn't put anything past that Unholy Trinity of MacAngus and the Danes, you know what depredators they are!" and Sam had to admit that he did: "but maybe This Time . . . . ." and his unfinished sentence hung like both a daymare and a wish, for everyone knows what happened Last Time!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, August 20, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7878 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore other Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.


We don't archive definitions. You can find the definitions on their respective sites by following the links above.

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.