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:


The last train from Waverley to Melrose was packed, with a lot of passengers standing: Ter and Jasmine recognised a number of faces from Melrose, flushed, happy, including one young lad who worked in the Co-op sitting on a hogshead of Heavy; then Jasmine nudged Teri: "I don't want to worry you, but there's a guy down by the middle doors, I recognise his mug-shot and I think I glimpsed him yesternight when we were leaving the station with Riddle, I've just checked on my phone, and I'm sure his name's Triskoff, Tris Kaidekaphobia, the thirteenth son of a thirteenth son, grandson of Vlado Chernozemski the famous political assassin – seems to have been the family business for thirteen generation – and he's bad medicine – but this one's an assassin-for-hire, although he's never been convicted anywhere," and as Teri's face paled, Jasmine whispered, "I've messaged Sam and Tavish, and asked them to have firearms back-up in place when w reach Tweedbank; I'm no Eeyore, but there are a lot o people on the train and although we'll lose some passengers at Gala, there will still be a lot when we arrive at the Terminus, and if there's any shooting, it could be a bloodbath," and as Teri squeezed her hand, Jasmine received another text: "oh, good, a couple of armed undercover cops will board at Gala, I've told Sam where on the train Kaidekaphobia is and sent them a pic so they know what he's wearing – the black shirt, white tie and yellow Panama make him quite distinctive, but if I push you down, drop to the floor, slip under the table, and stay there till I tell you to get up," and Jasmine slid her right hand into her bulky handbag and took hold of her own service revolver, Be Prepared had always been her motto ever since she had been a Brownie and Girl Guide!

(by MissTeriWoman)


'Had it not been for my crippling triskaidekaphobia', Arnold had half-spoken, half-sung, at yesternight's grim soiree of the Society for Private Musical Performances, 'I could have gone one better than dodecaphonicism'; and with that old Eeyore sank his pen in the hogshead of morosity that was his inkwell, and with trembling hand expunged a malevolent 'a' from his 'Moses und Aaron'.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Sunday, October 13, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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