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:


"Yes," said Riddle, while "no," said Felix, but "on the other hand," said Riddle, and "you may have a point," said Felix, then laughing, Jasmine said: "shuddup with the anacoluthon an tellus bout all this stuff," indicating the filing cabinets, rolls and bundles of legal documents, ring binders and packed shelves, much of it dusty and mouldering: "there's a pursy kind of look to it," said Teri: "flat-pack, self-assembled, I take it no-one else knows about this place?" which Riddle confirmed: as far as he could discover, all the indications were that it had been used only by generations of Martin Elginbrods: "probably since the Tolbooth was burned down, but I think the way we came in was a later addition, probably by the grandfather of the one I work for," which Felix confirmed, and showed them the schematics on his tablet; "so what is all in here?" asked Teri, and Felix explained that it all related specifically to Sir Parlane MacFarlane and Dominic Doubleday, and he showed them the little black book: "look here, the last entry is a reference to that filing cabinet, the newest one," as he took a set of small keys from his pocket and opened it: "this is a festschrift lauding Elginbrod by a host of purported academics and legal eagles, it's a vanity thing, all written by himself, but here is a note about your two targets – they'd been in Glasgow after the war, WWII, then something happened and they turned up in Antarctica – Project Tabarin, during the war – and from there, they were in Germany, Berlin, before the war; and in France before the Revolution, visiting the Marquis de Sade; they seem to switch between several of those Place/Time loci, you know, backwards and forwards, and visited Denholm near Hawick in 1843 and made their way to Liverpool and took a ship for America, but if they are switching, it's going to be difficult to determine where and when is their – Presentno other word for it!" and Felix chipped in: "in Denholm they seemed to make an impression on a wee boy, Jeemy Murray, who grew up to become Sir James Murray of the Oxford English Dictionary; and I just happen to have on my person a Journal of his, which he kept from 1840 to 1880, and he describes meeching off school and going wish them in search of Tom Jenkins," and Jasmine said: "but they must have some kind o 3D map, like the London Underground, showing the connections, so they can come and go between points – there's obviously nothing very haphazard to their jumping!" which was when Felix said: "and I just might be able to help you there – it's in Murray's Journal!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Particularly in view of the fact that you regularly meeched from our late Emeritus Professor Rugose's final lecture series, your colleagues' view is that they are under no obligation to accept your wholly unsuitable contribution to the forthcoming Festschrift: 'His nibs' predilection for anacoluthonic irrigation; non sequitur inferior monologues of pursy mouthings'.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 03, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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