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:


"OK," said the Inspector General as he graciously received a cup of coffee and sipped it languidly, looking quite at home in the illustrious office of the Managing Director: "to get to the point – it may be a simple matter of poor husbandry, but on the other hand, there might be genetic factors at work; either way, your badling consists of poor layers – the eggs are of a most inferior quality and I will be obliged to issue an Order, cancelling your Permission to Trade; what to you think of that, Buddy?" the Managing Director looked as if he had been pole-axed, his face was deathly pale, eyes red-rimmed, his whole body trembled like one afflicted with St Vitus Dance and the Inspector General wondered if the man might be on the verge of a nervous breakdown: "look here," said the Inspector General, with an air of bonhomie that did not come naturally to a hatchet-man, "if there was any other way, it's not as if I really want to put you out of business, I mean, think of your employees and their families, how would they fare in this Brexitapocalypse? but I must do what is necessary, unless . . . . ." and his voice trailed off, leaving him wondering if his nudge had been too obvious, or too subtle; the Managing Director seemed incapable of coherent thought and then his eyes brightened, he straightened his tie and asked, nervously: "how much?" and the Inspector General knew that the goose was well and truly cooked: "it had better be in cash," he said softly, "you don't want to leave a paper-trail that might come back to bite you, so how about £10,000 today and the balance next week? does that sound kosher?" and the Managing Director fell to his knees, seized the Inspector-General's hands and began kissing them, before the other could pull them away: "get back in you seat, Mr Brink, pull yourself together and call your secretary," and the Managing Director complied: "really, I can't thank you enough Mr MacFarlane," before he was quickly corrected: "it's Sir Parlane MacFarlane, and my associate over there," indicating the burly man in a suit clearly a couple of sizes too small, "is Mr Doubleday, he'll take the cash and will tell you when he'll call for the next instalment, it's been a pleasure dealing with you, Mr Brink," and he watched as the Managing Director's secretary came in and was given her instructions!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, February 18, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7843 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore other Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.


We don't archive definitions. You can find the definitions on their respective sites by following the links above.

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.