Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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And so, quite taken aback at the extent of this six-year-old boy's travels around Scotland and even as far south as Birmingham, MacFarlane and Doubleday plied him with questions and cajoled him into telling them more of where he had been and what he had seen there:

"I've been here

And I've been there,

I've even been to

A town that's Nowhere,

I saw a man without any bones,

I climbed a giant Heap of Stones,

I met a man whose cervantic Tales

Were all the rage in rural Wales;

I saw a dodman crawl a mile,

And then hop over a country style;

A bobowler that was as large as a bat,

It even flew off with the Parson's hat,

I've been Up Town

And I've been Down Dale,

I spoke with a man

Who lived in a Whale,

He'd had it embalmed

And turned into a house,

Where he dwelt with his wife,

A little brown mouse;

If you'd have been

Where I have been'

You'd have seen

The Fairy Queen,

She sat on a gate

And dined on fried skate

And said the Mad Hatter

Was terribly late,

But that didn't matter.

For such was Fate!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


An angel like a bobowler
(Though larger and more bright)
Cajoled me into speaking out
To put this matter right:
Don't compose cervantic rhyme
Which like the dodman, walks in slime.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 24, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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