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:


This, not unnaturally, sent his mind reeling and he sat down at an unoccupied table, where he was joined almost immediately by a woman who was the double of Margaret Dumont, his favourite of the Marx Brothers co-stars, a perfect foil for Groucho's anarchic humour; but the strangest thing was when she addressed him as though she had been waiting for him: "really, Mrs Gerrard has been waiting ten minutes for you, dear, what kept you?" and he was sorely tempted to reply: "I've just come to say 'I must be going'!" but suppressed it with some difficulty, instead mumbling something about having gone to the wrong bar, which she quietly accepted: "well, now you are here, can she have you confirm the plan for tomorrow?" and he looked around as if checking that they were not being observed, but when he asked: "is Mrs Gerrard going to join us?" she gave him a curious look and said, "she already has, my dear," and indicated herself, which puzzled him until he realised that she was one of those thankfully rare illeists, like the recently, in some abstruse medical form, alive, but now, thanks to Kaplan's quick wits, no longer so, President Donald Duck Trumpet-Trousers, who refer to themselves in the third person on every possible opportunity. but then he conceded that it 'certainly takes all sorts,' which in his own mind actually carried the scare quotes of understatement; "it kicks-off at 8pm and Mrs Gerrard wants to be absolutely sure all your pieces are in place, she can't afford any slip-ups!" which she said with such an edge of determination that Kaplan began to get worried: "okay, just run me through what you know and I'll confirm," but when she said: "you're a liar!" he was shocked, and started to protest, but she cut him short: "your Lyre, is it engraved with the dedication?" he nodded. "and it is tuned and ready?" he nodded again, "and when the President of Europe stands for the presentation, your woman will hand the Lyre to him?" and again he nodded, "and it is set for 15 minutes afterwards?" this time he said, "yes, 15," and she asked: "and you will dispose of the woman?" and he said: "it is all arranged," and she smiled, and placed her hand on his sleeve: "the pelf will reach your account with the Swiss Bank already agreed upon – at the moment the Lyre explodes, destroying the United States of Europe's fiendish Plan to absorb a certain number of failing American States into their Federation, 50 Billion Duck Dollars will be deposited; here are the Account details," she said, giving him a slip of paper written on in a neat ballpoint, "Sort-Code, Account Number, User Name and Password, none of which will implicate you," and she rose, "it's been a pleasure for Mrs Gerrard doing business with you Sir Parlane!" and she turned and left the room and Hyman Z Kaplan, who felt himself to be in a bit of a state!

(by MissTeriWoman)


I now take up my ballpoint (thus using a kitsch implement indicative of my subject) to laud the quintessential user of humorous illeism, Ice Bear of "We Bare Bears", and although the actors are obviously in it for the pelf, they still become the antithesis of exaggeration, almost to the point of enclosing that word in scare quotes of irony.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 24, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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