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:


"2018," said Jasmine, "not long before Isa and Milly – the older ones – went over there, so the stuff they're up to back in the 1820's must have been just before they arrived here," and Riddle commented, drily: "certainly looks very like it, you really have to ensure they're kept in custody, don't let Peter Boo wheedle anything out of the Sheriff," at which Teri said: "at the risk of sounding like an Eeyore, I feel like we could be on the verge of losing them – if they could escape from custody in the Bronx, how easy would it be for them between Hawick and Jedburgh?" but Felix had an idea, and produced a scriptor from his pocket: "looks like a pen-holder, but don't let appearances fool you," he said as he opened it and showed them a tiny pin: "it's a tracker, if you can get someone at Hawick Cop Shop to hide it in their clothes somewhere, in the sole of a shoe, or suchlike, you can use this to follow them." and from the little case he produced what looked like a small screen, when he switched it on, it displayed a map of the area of the High Street far above their heads, with a pulsing red dot in the centre, "and if you prefer, it can be changed to Satellite," and at the touch of a button the map changed to an aerial view of the same place, and Teri pointed at the image on the outside of box: "what's that bird with the eyestripe?" but just as Felix was telling her: "it's an Osprey, my pal Oscar Fingers O'Flaherty makes them in Leith, he does surveillance drones as well," there was a creak and a metallic clang above them as the iron hatch fell into place and the lights went out; they heard bolts being slid into place and then footsteps fading into the distance: "quick!" snapped Riddle, "the other way out, let's hope he – or she – doesn't know about it!" and as they pushed through the small doorway, Teri thought to herself: "fat chance of that. . . . .!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Though I’m an ornithologist who has just sighted a bird with an unusual pink eyestripe that might well be an undiscovered species, I’m feeling quite the Eeyore today and I see little point in wheedling my pen into leaving its beloved scriptor so that I might document my observation.

(by Rudi)


Joe would always try to wheedle his way into the free meal club at Chic Fil A, and every time, the poor Eeyore would sulk away in defeat and hunger, so Joe would draw the delicious chicken meals with scented markers fresh from their scriptor and the drawings were so detailed, every feather and eyestripe of each chicken were drawn in their full delicious glory.

(by noot noot)


When the Headmaster was seen to return his pen with such deliberation to its scriptor, our lad - no Eeyore, more the cheeky chappie - had glumly to accept that he couldn't wheedle his way out of detention this time for having painted 'go-faster' black eyestripes on the school's bichon frise.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 12, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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