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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In his private room, off the Clerks' Office, Martin Elginbrod's Chief Clerk, Riddle Rankine pulled the earpiece out and stared out of the window towards Parliament House, where Scotland's Court of Session is located; he pondered the conversation he had just heard - was it too fantastic to be believed? of course he had met Martinus Scriblerus on many occasions but had always regarded him as something of a poseur, with his matchbox collection and his obsession with his sexual prowess, and the succession of young, nubile wives, usually traded in for the latest model once they had provided Scriblerus with a child; he thought the new generation of Scribleruses must number ten or twelve, the oldest about twenty, though it was unlikely that Scriblerus himself had ever changed a nappy, that kind of thing being taken care of by the child's nanny while the parents party like it's 1966 - although none of his wives would have have been born then and were almost like identical artilects, synthetic humanoid robots, designed to please men who didn't require much intelligence in their playmates, so sans most of the brain; and he recalled an attempted conversation with one a few years back who sat in the Clerks' Office, sucking her thumb while reading a children's comic, out loud, one word at a time, to herself! he had asked her if she had come far, and she stared at him, then said, "I've no idea - where are we?" but then Rankine wondered if he was juat being jealous of Scriblerus, envious, resenting the Dutchman's wealth, attraction to young women? then he remembered being told by Elginbrod that Scriblerus still conformed to the virilocal custom of Holland, and still lived in his parents house, and that they were both in their eighties or nineties - he dismissed the thought and focussed on what had been said - not the stuff about Brexit, he already knew all that, no, it was the bit about a source and the Creator considering pulling the plug on the Universe - that was the weird bit, the scary bit, so he used his mobile and speed-dialled another mobile, and in a few moments was speaking with Lord Chief Justice Linkumdoddie: "Jock, it's Riddle, when will you be free for a chat?" and the hoarse voice said "three o'clock, in Jinglin' Geordie's, usual table," and the line went dead; Rankine knew that three o'clock was cutting it fine, but Elginbrod would probably be heading off about that time, taking his uncle back to the house in Morningside most likely - Elginbrod wasn't one to pay bar prices when he could drink more economically at home; what was it about wealthy Edinburgh folk that they were so parsimonious? okay, mean was what he meant, it seemed to be something about the smell of the city, Auld Reekie, and it didn't matter what the Council did to clean up the city, clean up the air – there might be less pollution, but the city still had it's stink, which probably came from the estuary, the Firth of Forth, where the river collided with the sea; but whatever the reason, the Rich in Edinburgh were all a tight-fisted lot, and then it occurred to Rankine that, by average standards, he would probably be reckoned as among that wealthy set – as Chief Clerk he received a percentage of Elginbrod's earnings and also of the other Advocates and Solicitors in the Chambers and as Chief Clerk he saw every penny that came in, so he was on a pretty good earner himself, but that didn't stop him playing his part in The Justice League of Auld Reekie, firing salvoes across the bows of the city's Criminal Conspiracy, which was why he needed to speak to Jock, and he quickly sent a message to the other members – it's certainly time for a General Meeting, his news was Extraordinary!

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

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