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:


They listened as Felix read out the entry in Murray's Journal: "Twelfth day aboard The Cutty Sark,, Shug, the maist darin o the shiphands, demonstrated his skills as a delphinestrian – no on a real dolphin, jist the carpenter's saw-horse, but he assures us that when to creatures appear he will mak guid his promises (aye, weel, ool see if he does, he luiks fairly brave, sorry fer the doontoner, Shug, but brave is as brave does) the ladies ower their sea-sickness, spend mair time on deck, starin westward intae the bricht. blue yonder – nae sign o anither boat, but – cept fer Mistress Jamieson's maid, Nancy, wha aye gazes tae the Orient, whence lies Liverpool, she's hame-sick; doon a crack in the boards, ah fund a wee token engraved in whit ah think is the futhark, or Runic langwidge, Maister Officer telt me he recognises a resemblance tae auld Sanskrit, but he micht be pullin ma leg; this efternin, ah couldna find Sir Parlane nor Darcus onywhaur – their cabin wis empty, wi nae hidin place – then a bit later ah heard a thump, like men's bits stampin oan the flair an a few meenits later, they baith cam oot, stealthy-like, but didnae see me cos ah wis in ma wee berth, keekin at the key-hole; verra, verra, VERRA curious, ah wunder whaur they'd been tae – methinks a serious investigation is ca'ed fer: Jeemy Murray Mental Detective oan the joab!" you could have heard a pin drop!

(by MissTeriWoman)


"I suppose they're quite nice, really", admitted little Sandra, downtoning any excitement at viewing a fearless delphinestrian balanced astride her surging mount; while, for the benefit of a group of elderly runologists already oriented towards the aquarium exit, the creature was made to spell out spumes of abecedarian letters - f, u, th, a, r, k - to eventual recognition (oh, right, 'futhark') and a perfunctory scatter of applause.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Friday, October 04, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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