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:


But if the Uncles voluntarily bestowing their kindness and generosity of spirit during vespertine on the children who lived in the five family-sized houses which constituted the Milngavie Cluster of the Good Shepherds' Society thought their discretion and subterfuge successfully avoided anyone who might have taken notice of their nocturnal visits to one of the homes each week, they were very much correct, or almost so: remember, Sadie Glenfinnan, under the name of Mhairi Macleod, had successfully gained employment in the Glasgow residence of Edinburgh Solicitor and Advocate, Martin Elginbrod, and was keeping detailed notes in a secret diary, of all that she observed. or heard, or read, while going about her daily duties as Assistant Housekeeper to Betty Singer, taken on because the extra workload of having not only Mr Elginbrod in residence, but also his Chauffeur/Valet, Doughty Doubleday, his friend Chick Cowcaddens (who Betty thought looked more like a prizefighter than a property tycoon – one of the many theories bandied about below stairs) and, although he never slept in the house, Hamish MacDonald, the highly successful and obviously flamboyant, couturier and high-class Ladies Outfitter who seemed to be neglecting his own business these days, as he spent the larger part of each day in the house in conclave (as MacDonald jokingly called it, and which was an assault on Good Protestant ears, thought Betty, associated as the term was with Roman Cardinals choosing a new Pope) not to mention his liking for Eye-talian food, which the others had embraced with gusto: all that papperdelle and fettuccine and those stupid little potato dumplings G-nocky, but you weren't supposed to pronounce the G and that made it sound rude! and then there was at least one day a week when the five Aunts who worked tirelessly and charitably for the poor wee mites, as Betty referred to the children being cared for, came for the weekly meeting, when the lounge door was locked so that no-one might intrude upon the Highly Confidential matters being discussed; but Bernie Cohen's Amateur Detective Agency had several cards up it's sleeves: at the risk of a little obdormition caused by sitting too long in a small, cramped space, the House Visits of the Aunts and Uncles were all monitored by either Fat Boabie or Snooker Tam O'Hare, the wee boys whose singular purpose in life was to have AKA exposed for who he really was – not Hamish MacDonald but in fact Herrman Goering, Reichsmarshall of Nazi Germany; beyond that narrow focus, Bernie had managed to etendue the investigation so that the movements of the Aunts were also closely followed and recorded by a posse of wannabe Nancy Drews, whose skipping ropes, peevers and balls in stockings seemed to be everywhere in the area between Maryhill and Bearsden, the latter being where the five Aunts lived with their unsuspecting families; close inspection if the children playing in the streets and on the pavements would have produced some degree of wonder at how they seemed to get around; but then, Bernie's Taxi-driving friend Manny (a real-life Private Enquiry Agent who was helping free. gratis and for nothing because for the first time in many years, he had persuaded Bernie to wear his yarmulke over Hanukkah, observe the kosher dietary laws and even light the Menorah at the family dining table) was providing transport, even enlisting the help of his girlfriend Dinah, the only woman taxi-driver left in Glasgow since the surviving taxi-drivers had returned from the forces and resumed their peacetime employment; the dossier on the curious Ring of Gold was getting thicker by the day and, if Bernie's contact in the US Army, several platoons of which were still quartered just outside Glasgow. Master Sergeant Tom Mix, a sound recordist with a radio station Stateside, paid off, he might soon be able to learn what took place in the private committee meetings in Elginbrod's lounge, but also during the Inspections of the children's Home, in Milngavie: then, he might be able to hand everything to Inspector Ferguson in The Gorbals and watch from the sideline as this House of Cards came tumbling down!

(by MissTeriWoman)


I thought I'd celebrate in style
For Hanukkah this year
By cooking pappardelle and sauce
For me, it's flamboyant and rare!
But others gave me an admonition
That for them it caused an obdormition
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Saturday, December 23, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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