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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But after breakfast, Nurse Mariah took the medical bag, with it's lotions, potions, unguents, plasters, poultices, pills and powders and went off to do her morning round, leaving Ezekiel and Greymalkin in the cottage: "she should get a bicycle," said the visitor to the cat, who replied, by his thought transference means: "don't have them, never been invented. no real need, maybe a little lorry, you know, a cart she could pull along," and Ezekiel, not particularly wanting to chivvy the cat, but at the same time keen to learn about this place of confinement, ventured: "what's the name of the village?" and the answer, in his head, while Greymalkin stared hard at him, until Ezekiel backed down and blinked, was "Bigge Village," which prompted Ezekiel to ask: "is there a Smalle Village?" and the response was: "Smart Alec!" and Ezekiel, who genuinely wanted to know more about this place, asked: "so what's it's story?" and the cat definitely smiled: "it's a sort of appendix, a safe place The Creator made to act as a kind of holding cell, like a Quarantine, until a decision is reached as to whether to terminate, or release, and in your case, Termination is very likely!" and that really was a smirk on it's furry face, but Ezekiel wanted – very much – to learn whatever it was that the cat knew and might help him: "so, tell me something of it's history, has anything important ever happened here?" and Greymalkin yawned, stretched out his paws and sank his claws into the back of the chair, along which he was stretched: "it was after a Hundred Years War, all the able-bodied menfolk of the Village went off in answer to the King's call to defend the country against an invading army – and only one came back; his name was Soft Mick and he brought home the Village Banner and raised it high in the Market Square to show that he had saved it from the invaders, while all the other men had been dewitted by the violent mob who had dared attack their peaceful kingdom – oh, there was wild weeping, gnashing of teeth, all that sort of thing – and the Lord of the Manor held a meeting with the Mayor, the Rector, the Lamplighter, the two biggest Farmers, the Doctor and the Village Clerk and they decided to shut off the Village from the outside world, to put a cordon sanitaire around it, and preserve it for the future generations – they managed to have it erased from all the maps of the country and expunged from all the records and histories, so that in future it – and it's people – could live in peace and be untroubled by the Outside World, even the Universe, until the brubru should return from it's annual migration and let them know that the World was now peaceful and there would be no more wars," it actually snarled: "that ain't happened yet and never will, because the last brubru was caught in a land far to the south and eaten by a hunter, but the fools are still waiting for it, and every now and then, a stranger arrives, someone The Creator has decided to put in a Sin Bin until their future is decided upon; the fools – by that I mean the Humans, who think they are very smart, always recognise the newcomer as one of the missing menfolk and that is why you are called Ezekiel, he was one of the ones who didn't return," and he began to clean his face with a well-licked paw; and Ezekiel found that his mind was empty, he didn't know what to say, what to ask, what to do, then said: "what about the Time Loop?" and the cat smirked again, and Ezekiel was surprised how much facial expression it had: "don't ask me, I'm only a cat!" and actually chuckled, then gave Ezekiel a wink.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, August 22, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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