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:


Meanwhile, in the offices of QQ - the satirical journal published and edited by Mr Barnaby Rudge, with the enthusiastic assistance of the diminutive Savile Row - matters were coming to a Head! Mr Rudge, perhaps responding at some deep and subconscious level to the metanoia by which Dirk Doubleday had been transformed from Valet and 'Partner in Crime' of his Master, Sir Parlane MacFarlane, confessed and repudiated his old immoral ways and relaunched himself as the successful author of a series of tales which were summed up by the tag-line: The Jolly Japes of a Gentleman's Gentleman, first in QQ itself and then in hard covers as full-length novels; while Dirk genuinely had no cause to repine about his changed circumstances – his loss of wages, accommodation and social position had been more than overtaken by the public's recognition of his witty, behind-the scenes, below-stairs, and rather risqué narratives, complete with bumbling The Honourable Timothy Twaddle, hypocritical Reverend Mister Obadiah Squint, and befuddled Colonel Farquhar Farquharson late of The Bengal Lancers, which all paid well and, what's more, honestly; he had true and genuine friends and for the first time in his life, wasn't playing second fiddle to his Master's debauches; he had made friends with Miss Theresa Somerville and her group of bluestockings and politicised writers and cartoonists; he had shared a café table with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and been able to assist them in making their writings sound less foreign in an English translation which would not jar on the English-speaking readership's ears; some contributors considered the QQ's independence to be sacrosanct and when they heard of the decision of Rudge to publish The Communist Manifesto in weekly parts in the magazine. several withdrew their support and wrote a Manifesto of their own which was published in the Daily Telegraph accusing Rudge of Partisan Politics, one result of which was that the circulation of QQ doubled almost immediately; and under the name Pulveratrix, the cartoonist Phiz, famous for his illustrations for many of Dickens' works, offered his services free, gratis and for nothing to illustrate Marx and Engels, an offer rejected by Mr Rudge who said "it would be unfair to employ an artist of Pulveratrix's outstanding ability for no recompense, and QQ is firm that no contributor will be exploited, so whether he likes it or not, QQ will continue to pay him at the going rate of 17/6d for every drawing published in our pages!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Aha! I said to him knowingly
A pulveratrix, that's what you are!
He repined, I once was, in my heyday,
But now I just watch from afar.
My ablutions were sacrosanct, sacred,
And nobody dared disagree,
But then I went through metanoia
Now my cleansing is just history.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Monday, May 28, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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