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:


"You can call me obtuse if you like, but I don't quite understand how it works – I mean, a Yiddish tailor named after The Merchant of Venice and a Beggorah barrow-boy named after the 'Little People', aren't they known as Leprechauns though, in Ireland? but I suppose that's neither here nor there, then there's this dandy of a Policeman, Inspector Estrange – now I do get that, he's one of those outsiders plonked down in a tight-knit community he knows nothing about, and flat-footedly prevents the intrepid local Peelers from solving the case leaving the way open for Shylock and Gnomes to re-purpose themselves as Private Enquiry Agents and track down the evildoer, giving their new enterprise a copper-bottomed reputation from the very start; it's really rather quaint and at the same time refreshingly different, Miss Somerville, Mr Doubleday, we'll certainly take it – now which name goes first?" a beat, "well, Shylock, of course," says Theresa, but "no, no, I mean Somerville or Doubleday!" resulting in confusion: "oh, no," says Doubleday, "I can't use my own name," and the Editor turns to his Assistant, "do we have any spare names we haven't used, Mr Row?" and looking in a ledger, the reply comes: "Sidebottom, Undershank, Widdersnaith, oh, yes, Zebulon! no-one wants any of those," but before her co-author can speak, Theresa lays her cards on the table: "we'll combine our names to produce a single author, if we shorten mine to, say, Summer, and Mr Doubleday's Christian name is Dominic, but how about making that Donna, we'll have Donna Summer, I don't suppose anyone will know that name," and Doubleday grins back at her, because he does, and she knows he knows, and he knows she knows he knows: "splendid," says Mr Rudge, "we shall make the name of Donna Summer famous throughout the land!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


One ingenious engineer,
Intrepid, though obtuse,
Thought he'd add an extra gear
To the vehicle he used.
This copper-bottomed scheme of his
(Repurposing his cogs)
Wasn't such a clever wheeze
When it all went to the dogs.
(by OldRawgabbit)


The intrepid barista repurposed the copper-bottomed teapot, holding the spout at an obtuse angle for the tracheotomy...merely delaying the suffocation.

(by MikeArnzen)
The Quandary for Monday, January 15, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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