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:


Yesterday I received a rather histrionic email from a throttlebottom who asked me, "how should I read The Adventures of Daphne and Maude?" and I wondered to myself, "what kind of sequestered person asks such a question?" as the obvious answer would be, simply, "from the beginning to the end," but then I began to think about all the varied personalia of the story, the real people who are participants, the actual events described, the many locations in both Time and Space, the Snakes and Ladders, the Worm Holes, the Derring-Do, acts of bravery and valour, of stealth, cunning, evil and devilment, heroics and treachery, and it occurred to me that a New Reader need not be hampered or constrained by same the sequence as I have been so, I wrote back: "start at the end and read backwards to the beginning, then, as the story will have progressed from your starting point, go to the new end and work back to where you began, and you will realise that not only is every word in the story absolutely true, but both Time and Narrative have the fluidity and direction of a Spiral!" clicked on Send, sipped my Laphraoigh and thought, "what a schmuck!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


"Oh my dear throttlebotoms, we are at the end of an age, living in a land of incessant histrionics and personalia that sets in, shat on by Microsoft, shovelled up by Apple, and here we are, we three; perhaps the last island of beauty... sequestered from the world."

(by The Masked Pimpernel)
The Quandary for Sunday, February 24, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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