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:


Now, as it happens, way back, when you and I were young Maggie, long, long before the era of the Doubleday Trucking Corps and indeed the World Wide Web which extended the tentacles of Governments and their Investigative Agencies into every living room, milking parlour and trouser pocket, a young swashbuckler named Everard de Shepton Mallet was working in an obscure office in the employment of King Henry V of England and came up with the idea of a Certificate or Testamentary Warrant which could be carried by subjects of the King when they ventured out of the Realm and into Hostile Lands (e.g. The World Beyond) threatening anyone tempted to halt or hinder said subjects on pain of immediate Castration and Decapitation and this bright idea became the Safe Conducts Act of 1414 and so Passports were born, although until the First World War very few people in The Worlds Within or Beyond were ever issued with or required to possess such esoteric documents and indeed, while Censuses had first been carried out under the auspices of Everard's Great-Great-to the power of 75 squared-Grandfather Shapatonathamallet on behalf of one of the Pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt between circa 2050 BC and 1800 BC and later Governments around the Known World, gradually extending into the World Beyond our Knowing, also followed Shapatonathamallet's Dictum of Knowing Who's Who and What's What as inscribed on a papyrus scroll discovered in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings and their Chums by Sir Duddingston Dumbiedykes in 1854, it is almost as if the hands of both Shepton-Mallet and his ancestor were afflicted with adermatoglyphia for their fingerprints are nowhere to be found on the documents which they produced and have been so ill-used by Emperors and Kings and Presidents and any Jack-in-Office who have learned, indeed imbibed with their mothers' milk that 1st Law of Order that 'Knowledge is Power and all-Knowledge gives Omnipotence' and which devised under, needless to say, Horace Shepton-Mallet, in 1911 the National Insurance Number for all British Citizens in employment, and in 1935 by his nephew Hank Shepton-Mallet the Social Security Number for all employed United States Citizens, from Tycoon to Terpsichorean ballet dancer and from Electrical Engineer engaged in producing a Better World to self-styled musicians utilising Electronica to produce a Tone (if not Stone) Deaf World, and in these and all other similar exercises in extending The Knowledge as it is termed by Officers of The State (in every country of the Round World) so has arisen the colloquialisms frequently heard when Rozzers, Peelers, Bailiffs, G-Men, Cops, Feds, Gestapo, KGB or Stasi knock upon our doors: "we've got your number, Sonny Jim!" or "your Card's marked. Abdul Abulbul Amir!" and the message comes across Loud and Clear – Big Brother is Watching You!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, December 16, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7813 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.