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:


Manny Fassenfelt had been observing from the telephone box on the corner and as soon as he saw his brother, Solly, flung up over the taxi and into a nearby garden, he dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance to attend; next he dialled again and asked the police to attend a suspicious explosion; then he hurri4ed across to where the others were either tending to Solly, unconscious, with one leg obviously broken and his face deathly pale; Tangy Loch who had nursing experience from her wartime service was doing CPR and pausing to check for a pulse, then continuing with the compressions; although the response of both police and ambulance was quick, to the waiting group it seemed as iff time had stretched and hours passed before they heard the siren and bell which announced the arrivals shortly before they appeared together at the top of the street; Solly was quickly rolled onto a stretcher, taken to the ambulance and with Dora by his side, wheeched off towards the Western Infirmary; meanwhile, Bernie and the two private detectives, both of whom had pounded the beat as Glasgow PCs before the war, and by good fortune knew one of the constables who had arrived, quickly sketched out what had happened: "four suspects who had entered the building along with others about half an hour before the raid, were not brought out, then, as Mr Fassenfelt approached, there was an explosion," said Duddingston, "could be gas and they might still be under that rubble!" one of the officers ran to the phone box to call for support and explain the urgency, while Bernie told the other: "it may be that the suspects inside set off the explosion to cover their escape – do you know if there are any tunnels around here?" which was when one of the neighbours who had congregated around Solly's taxi chipped in, his voice rasped and stridulant like a rusty gate, his breathing wheezy from years of coal fires and Glasgow smogs: "ye'r oan the baw, son, the auld pit closed ower forty year ago, bit there wis a tunnel ran richt ablow this street, the auld Roman mine, ye ken, they mined on the huh, jist followed the seam as it slopes doon aboot a hunner feet then aboot a mile or twa oan the level till it ran oot, it gauns as far as Kilmardinny, wi air shafts spaced oot aw alang the length, there's yin ahent the Kirk Ha', weel, whit used tae be the Kirk Ha' - ma Goad! whit a mess, ah hope there wisnae emdy in it when it went up! when me an ma missus wis coortin, this wis aw wids n meadows, ah bet ye didny ken that, eh, but that's hoo this is cried Sylvan Street an the ithers are Cooslip Road, Daisy Drive an Foxglove Coort, an . . . . ." but Bernie interrupted him to ask: "dae ye ken whaur ony ither air shafts micht be?" and the man nodded and pointed: "the nearest ither yin's up the road, by the Co-op. or in.. . . ." but before he finished, Bernie and the two Loch brothers hurried in that direction, while the Polis waited for reinforcements from the Force itself and also Civil Defence, to form a cadre and start clearing the rubble.

(by MissTeriWoman)


In #sylvan sun-dappled tranquility
Punctuated solely by the #stridulant travail
of a distant woodpecker
A #cadre of wood ants build their nest
Under a bough, on the #huh.
(by YorkieBooth)


In the sylvan paradise
A stridulant noise was heard:
A cadre of beefy tree fellers
Discussing the absurd.
Were the trees really on the huh
Or was it their drunken state?
But being prone on the forest floor
Had added to their mistake.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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