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:


Bloomsday: the next time she looked, the clock behind the bar had shifted to three fifteen, and so had her watch; Nancy felt a wave of nausea wash over her as Mr Bloom took a note from his jacket pocket and slid it across the table to her: the names of the two scrappies he had mentioned, together with an address in Sandymount; "what do you want me to do with this?" she asked, aware that aside from his mention of her caring for his Mammy last Christmas, she had no memory of him, his wife, or any previous dealings with him, although she felt sure that there must have been something that linked them; for that matter she had forgotten – if she ever knew it – her own address or his, oh, this was turning out to be the strangest day of her life – not that she could recall any others; the knowledge that had filled her head, had been soaked into her body, was gone, leaving only her innate ability with kinesics to enable her to make some sense of what others meant, their body-language the only tell she could understand, though she had felt even that dissipate after the sight of the Policeman on the Penny Farthing and, on cue, just as she had thought of him, there he was, cycling past the pub window again, but this time in the opposite direction: was he the only Policeman in Dublin? who else was keeping order on the streets, protecting the innocent, that one officer had so little to do but ride around town with such an air of dispassionate insouciance? did he have a wife and kiddies at home, waiting for him to return to join them for a meal at the end of his shift on this quite ordinary Thursday? or perhaps it wasn't ordinary, it might be his birthday, it might be the last day of his life, how could anyone tell how the day might end, with a bang or a whimper? would there be tears, laughter, tantrums, sex in a pull-down bed while the children pretended to sleep at the other side of the room? and Mr Bloom was speaking jabberwocky again, his voice pitched to blend in with the raucous laughter from the other end of the bar, where Suzie, the barmaid, was fending off the attentions of a man wearing his cap backwards like a coalman – it was Francie Gilhooly! she excused herself to Mr Bloom, assured him that she would just be a minute (though how long a minute might last on this day of stopped and elastic time, she had no idea) and in a few swift steps she had Gilhooly's arm round his body and up his back and snarled into his ear: "if you so much as squeal I'll break it! you owe me five farthings and I'll collect them now!" his face was like a zongzi and the sweat was poring from it like melted butter; in an effort ro resarciate he dug his free hand into his pocket and pulled out a load of coins which he dropped on the bar; one rolled off, bounced on the floor and then trundled across the room, everyone's eyes on it in the silence that had dropped like a sack of flour on them; the coin rolled and circled, seemed to slow as it hit a crack, but picked up speed as it veered in another direction, now going in wide ellipses, then ever-decreasing circles: "five to four it reaches the door," offered Bookie Burke but got no takers, the others guessing that if he was running a book it must be rigged, then it glittered through a patch of sunlight as the door opened and it only stopped and fell when it encountered the sole of Blind Seamus who stamped it flat, then deftly picked it up, his calloused fingers expertly valuing it: "a shillin', begod!" he cried: "finders keepers, losers weepers!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, June 18, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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