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:


Brother Lucifer was not best pleased when he received a communication from Little Levy Balquhidder asking about the Space/Time Continuum and it's misuse by members of the MacFarlane Gang: "what the fuck do you think that's got to do with me?" was his shirty reply, "it's not as if I'm in any position to dabble in Time Travel, even if I wanted to! you should know, better than anyone, that The Creator stripped me of my powers over the Adam and Eve débâcle – you were Eve after all, and I was authorised to tempt you because the Big Yin wanted to see if Humans could resist temptation – well, they can't and that's not my fault, I never made them! it's TC's mistake and that's who should have rectified it, but instead made me the Fall Guy and that just wasn't fair, it really rankled, I thought we were on the same Team; anyway, I'm up to my eyes in something at the moment, trying to sort out this Harvey Weinstein shit, you've probably seen the stupid wanker on TV saying to the zetetics: 'I need help!' what help does he need? directions to the Food bank cos he's lost his job? give me strength. the alter kocker's got no scruples – I'm bankrolling a Class Action on behalf of his victims and that's taking all my time at the moment, my missus and kids are getting truly pissed off, I promised them a week on Gor and I've had to postpone it three times since this all blew up and if TC thinks I'm able to multi-task seven different projects all at once – three of them in a Dead Zone and four in different epochs – someone's gonna have to get real! even I can't work miracles without help: do you fancy a change of scene? really, sweetheart, I could use someone with your knowhow, to manage my Folio – just up your street?" but Levy had to decline, his parents, Rilla and Rary, would be frantic if he went missing, even for a day and there was no saying how long an involvement with Lucifer might last – he remembered that last time he had got caught up in one of Lucifer's melees, when the Pope turned out to be a woman and she gave birth during the swearing-in of new Cardinals, oh! what a romp that was and they had only narrowly averted a riot that could have had her hung, drawn and quartered; it had called on all of Lucifer's gifts of persuasion and they even had to petition The Creator to wind the Universal Clock back a week, so that they could use the knowledge they had of what had happened the first time to change the course of history and that was never done lightly; and anyway, he was busy monitoring things in half-a-dozen Times already, never mind having to dabble in the Present: a fondness had developed between Thomas Learmonth and Elizabeth Bennett, a Stone Age woman from the Cavern People who lived in the bowels of the Eildon Hills and had accidentally been brought forward in a Wrinkle; and then there was the appearance of the so-called Mad Monk Grigory Rasputin who was now staying at May and Cristo Dumbiedykes' house in Melrose, displaying impeccable manners, and he had formed an attachment with Calamity Jane; not to mention the group of anti-Nazis who were in Berlin in 1939 and hoped to assassinate Adolf Hitler and prevent World War II, and the investigation in 2037 of the murders of a group of old men who had gone missing in 2017 but whose bodies had just turned up – along with one survivor, twenty years later; and keeping tabs on Griselda of Longformacus who was alone in London in 1867 and living as Gracie Long with a women kept by the MacFarlane baronet of the time; oh, he had a full-enough case-load without becoming involved with something in America (or something else, really, as he still had a watching brief on Hyman, Sadie and Rose, also in 2037, who had just been involved in the, well, euthanasia or murder, certainly palliative, but take your pick, of Donald Duck Trumpet-Trousers; so, no, he really couldn't help Brother Lucifer – or so he thought, until the Fallen Angel just happened to mention the name Columbine!

(by MissTeriWoman)


In the great folio of our lives, turning the crammed daily pages one by one with all kinds of scruples as to its contents, we are apt to palliate the basest activities with fantasies of our own making, ludicrous though they be, and thus transmogrify into zetetics.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 14, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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