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:


It was one of those days when the lunule of the moon could be seen even though the sun had not set and he tried to remember the last time he had set foot on the lunar surface, but his head was so scrambled, he felt like a bloody gamphrel, unable to form a cogent strategy, lying there on top of the hay, bumping down the lane, through the trees he saw houses and the spire of a church – wait a minute, he took a more determined look at that church spire, he had seen it before, and surely the sun had been in a different position; he was trying to work out whether the wain was being dragged north or south, east or west, and then realised as he once again saw a cow standing under a solitary tree, that they were going round a single village in a wide circle, with never any road leading away; he tried to think how long he had lain here, since his plummet from the sky – half an hour, three hours, it could just as easily be three days! nothing else changed, the driver never stopped, the two horses just kept plodding along, the sun and moon were always there in the same place; what the hell was going on?

(by MissTeriWoman)


Despite the cogent advice I had received to the contrary, I decided to make a run for it as soon as my feet hit the lunar surface, although anyone with half a mind would have called me an inveterate gamphrel for doing so, considering the bright lunules stamped on my prison garb and the desolation of the wilderness I was escaping into.

(by The Masked Pimpernel)
The Quandary for Saturday, July 20, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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