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:


Hailing a passing waitress, Hyman Z Kaplan ordered a Frozen Lime Daiquiri and reflected on the exchange in which he had just participated; ever a student of proxemics, he counted the number of times she had put her hand on his arm, called him 'dear' and edged her chair closer to his – indeed by the time she left, his own chair had travelled half-way around the table, his backwards shuffle following each of her forward ones, for fear that he would be overwhelmed by her; when the waitress returned with his drink, he was so agitated he seized a quill and a bottle of green ink and dashed off a note To Rabbi Ebenezer Cheeser, Manhattan Metropolitan Genizah and paid her a handsome compliment; "yes," she said, she would send one of the Hotel's loitering geezers forthwith (or perhaps it was "forth, with," he was losing his concentration since Mrs Gerrard's apparent accusation that he was "a Liar!" – and his eventual realisation that she was the instigator, the deadly progenitor, of a Terrorist Attack, and believed him to be Sir Parlane MacFarlane! and that he, him, of all people, was going to have it executed for payment of 50 Billion Duck Dollars and then execute the woman who would actually put the bomb into the hands of the President of the United States of Europe! which was when two other women sat at his table, flanking him and he felt too intimidated to even look at them, until: "hiya Hymie, from a sheet, so white!" and "wassup Hyman, you look worried to death!" which made him swivel his head, only to find the concerned and anxious faces of Rose Mitnik and Sadie Moskowitz, his oldest, truest friends – though if he'd described them as his 'oldest' anything he'd have had to do it with a fifty-yard start; so he started, from the very beginning, a very good place to start, with the sight of JFK running for the Rest Room and then the arrival of Mrs Gerrard!

(by MissTeriWoman)


Unexpectedly, I chanced upon the Cairo Genizah Collection at Cambridge University Library and was overwhelmed by the huge selection of ancient manuscripts, and in my mind's eye I saw the quill being wielded by the Rabbis of the old Ben Ezra Synagogue for so many long and eventful years, but now a Gentile woman dressed in jeans (horror!) stood alongside those Rabbis, in spirit, which would be enough to give anyone studying the science of proxemics the Heebie-Jeebies.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, October 25, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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