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:


"No philopolemicist zoilus would dare to attempt the resuscitation of a cheap sword-and-sandal journal such as the Boys Own Paper in competition with QQ," purred Mimsy Whimsey into the ear of the Assistant Editor, and Mr Savile Rowe lapped it up like a dish of milk, as he was led by the nose upstairs to Mimsy's private apartment, and the infamous boudoir of which so many scurrilous insinuations were published in the Scandal Sheets circulated from hand to hand among London's underground cognoscenti; it was designed by William Morris and the focus was a copy, by Whistler of his Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, in which the face of Joanna Hiffernan had been replaced by that of Mimsy himself - it was said, cruelly, by some of the artist's detractors, that Mimsy's was in fact the original and that both he and Miss Hiffernan, were Whistler's lovers, though which came first, it was almost impossible to know; Savile, not unexpectedly, was quite overcome by emotion, feeling himself almost to have been blessed by an angel, in the form of Whimsey - it was as if all his dreams and most secret fantasies had come true and it was only by a supreme act of willpower that he prevented himself from falling at his host's feet, and swearing undying love; instead, he drew his body up to it's full height, just an inch beneath Mimsy's, took Whimsey's hand and led him towards the Four Poster which stood at the centre of the room, at which point he was taken entirely by surprise, was thrown onto the bed, quickly straddled and defeated and, in the course of the next three hours, learned much of a wider range of sexual possibilities that he had ever previously imagined; it was a rather disheveled Assistant Editor who limped into the offices, later than usual, the next morning to a number of knowing winks and nudges from the other staff, and even the Printer's Devil, Tiny Tim Cratchit, seemed to know far more that he should about how Mr Rowe had spent the previous night, which his puffy eyes and haggard expression indicated had not included much sleep, if any!

(by MissTeriWoman)


Call me a rabid zoilus if you must, but I feel it is my duty to ridicule the idiotic proposal to change the name of the Pacific Ocean as a misguided attempt at resuscitating sword-and-sandal politics by out of touch philopolemic dinosaurs.

(by The Masked Pimpernel)
The Quandary for Sunday, April 28, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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