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:


I did not object to being called a minaudiere, but when I watched the performers funambulate I thought they were much more classy than I, so I ran tantivy style in haste to the dressmaker, in the tenebrous evening, to obtain some sequinned tutus.

(by YorkieBooth)


Milly passed her phone to Kaplan, who squinted at the photo of the two guys in the cab of the truck they had just passed: "hey, that's pretty neat, you've got them both for posterity, good as mug-shots! here, send it to my pal, the one who saw the DA, see if they ring any ding-a-lings," and he pulled out his own phone, found and read out his friend's number to Milly, who entered it in hers and sent the image ahead of them before slipping it into the pink minaudière she was uncharacteristically nestling on her lap at almost exactly the same time as the guy on the right of the truck cab was sending a shot of the Lincoln's number plate ahead from his phone – whether Milly thought the rear window was tinted when viewed from outside, or not, is an incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial question, she never gave a thought to it, or to the fact that if she could see the two guys, chances were they – or at least one of them – could just as easily have seen her, and their reactions were smokin'! and they got the reply first: car rented out from a Gotham auto-hire place to a Rev Mr Green for a trip to Nova Scotia – and by now it was receding into the distance; five minutes later Milly's phone trilled a message: same guys 100%! "well," said Kaplan, "that's interesting but we can't risk attracting their attention; we'll stop for a comfort break in about an hour, if they pass we'll maybe catch them up; who knows, they may be going to the same Depot as last time; High Ho Silver, Tantivy!" and true to his word, an hour later, they exited a tenebrous lane overshadowed by dense, though leafless, trees and found themselves in a boondockey kind of town that Kaplan had visited some twenty or more years before, on the story of a Mayor who saw himself as a reincarnation of Huey Long, with all the Kingfish's talk and mannerisms, intent on standing for election to the Senate, only to find that his life unravelled when his devoted wife discovered that he was 'having a thing with a thing!' the second 'thing' being a teenage funambulist in a Circus roadshow that overwintered just outside town; result, tight-rope walker shot dead and husband's penis cut off and fed to the wife's lap-dog, who apparently scoffed the lot and looked for more; wife jailed, husband's electoral credentials went out like the Red Sea tide and he spent the next twenty years in the Pokey!

(by MissTeriWoman)


A woman who is quite a minaudière
Who ran tantivy to the local fair
To watch a couple there funambulate,
In tenebrous circumstances met her fate.
It was a scandal, more or less insane,
And nobody involved would take the blame.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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