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:


Which was when the door of the QQ editorial office flew open and a great bear of a man burst in like a wheelhorse: "they seek me here, they seek me there, the Secret Police seek me everywhere," he bellowed: "am I in Heaven, or am I in Hell, I'm the damned elusive Anarcho-Communist Pimpernel! why, Karl, Friedrich, how wonderful to find you here!" and he grasped Marx in a bear-hug, the same for Engels and Phiz, whom he greeted as Hobbit! then Doubleday and finally, Theresa; when he had released her, he bowed to the editor, Barnaby Rudge and declaimed: "don't be so flummoxed, Barney, you look like a cremnophobic woman standing on top of Nelson's Column, shaking with fear, but look around, you are on home ground, and unless the Peelers come knock-knock-knocking, what have you to fear? – now, aren't you going to introduce your young friends to me?" and Rudge, having recovered his composure, introduced Theresa Somerville and Dirk Doubleday to William Morris; "aha! cried the designer and writer, "a Scotchman, I take it you are the one who writes under the nom-de-plume of A Gentleman's Gentleman?" which Doubleday confirmed and then Morris asked if Theresa was perhaps MissTeriWoman, whose wit and humour he had admired; Theresa blushed to her roots – something she hated but found herself unable to control and Morris laughed conspiratorially: "we can control our minds, our fears, even our enthusiasms and lusts, my dear, but our faces so easily forget what they have been told – mine displays every unconscious humour, from desire to hatred, peacefulness and rage, luckily my beard helps to hide some of thet, but my eyes still give me away, they seem to flame when I am furious, the pupils open and contract no matter what I tell them, and sadly I can only punish them by screwing my eyelids up tight but then I find myself too vulnerable; as my dear friend John Ruskin said to me recently: 'the eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they are also the betrayers of all our thoughts and emotions, and they can be selective in what they show us,' which is a reminder to those of us whose principal art is visual that others may not see what we intend!" and when Theresa laughed, he lowered his normally booming voice and, glancing around to ensure that they were not observed, asked her if Mr Doubleday was the same whose name he had heard mentioned together with that of the Scotch Baronet Sir Peveril MacFarlane? if Theresa looked startled, he seemed not to have noticed and she wondered if her eyes – indeed her face – expressed any of the disquiet she felt, but managed to control her voice as she asked: "in what context have you heard their names mentioned, Mr Morris?" and the large man seemed to fill her view of the room, blocking out the others: "there has been something going on that the Press have got wind of – nothing reported yet, but it may be only a matter of time – concerning a Secret Society, called, I believe, The Ring of Gold!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


I would have picked a pimpernel
But for my cremnophobia;
If you are flummoxed by that tale
I'll spell the facts out for ya:
The flower in question was on a cliff
Which I declined to climb
So don't be a wheelhorse about all this,
It's just a silly rhyme
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 29, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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