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:


"We've shelled out ten grand for that Dodo,

You Dolt!" the Director snarled at Glen,

"You'd better retrieve it PDFQ

Or you'll be joining Yesterday's Men!"

"But where on Earth did you buy him?"

The Keeper asked with a start,

"Not on ebay, you ignorant Chump! we

Found him in last weeks Exchange and Mart!"

And Glen stared hard at the Campanile,

As though it were made of Glass,

He imagined the Pillory waiting for him.

Before he was kicked by an Ass:

So applying a hot fomentation,

To his rather tender behind,

He decided to hold a Thanksgiving Feast,

For the Lame and the Halt and the Blind;

So invitations were sent to all

Benefactors of London Zoo,

Armand and Michaela Dennis of course,

And a Gillie from Timbuktu;

David Attenborough, Johnny Morris,

Hans and Lotte Hass as well,

Not all were alive and some were dead,

But Glen reasoned: "who can tell?"

And so the Glorious Day arrived,

And in trooped the Great and the Good,

To drink-up lots of Organic Plonk,

And nosh-up the Vegan Food;

And then the moment arrived for Glen

To stand and make his Speech,

He took a deep breath and counted to Ten

And dived straight into the Breech!

"There's a Purple and Blue Hootchiecootchie Bird,

To the South of Timbuktu,

And a Greedy, Green-eyed Gillie

Sold that Bird to London Zoo,

Doubleday is the Gillie's name,

The man is a Crook on the Make,

The Hootchiecootchie Bird he sold us

Is a damned, abominable Fake!"

The room erupted in uproar,

As Doubleday fired a shot with a "har,"

Which hit stout-hearted Glen in the eye,

Coming out through his near and far;

But the London Cops were under-cover

Among the Good and the Great,

They nabbed their man and marched him off,

To rue his woeful fate!
But what of Glen the Fearless,

Who stood up to Greed and Evil?

He met a pretty nurse named Eileen in his Eye Pavilion Ward, married and now has two children, was unanimously appointed by the Great and the Good as the next Director of London Zoo, knighted in the Queen's Christmas Honours List and bought the Joob-Joob Bird from a door-to-door carpet salesman from Kandahar who delivered it personally to Glen's home in East Cheam and it is now the Next Best Thing in the revamped London Disney-World Zoological Gardens after Micky and Minnie, the Only Talking Mice in The World and Horace, the Gymnastic Bole-Weevil!

(by MissTeriWoman)


Campanile working overtime;
Thanksgiving needs a longer chime;
Pilloried people of the nation
Require a festive fomentation.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 03, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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