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:


After Newtongrange, a number of people having left the train, the man wearing the yellow Panama found a seat and seemed engrossed in the Evening News, although Teri spotted that he was holding it upside down and was wearing a Friday face, probably because what he was seeing didn't make much sense to him, and Teri whispered to Jasmine: "it says in Wikipedia that Chernozemski was killed by the mob after the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in Marseilles in 1934," but Jasmine chuckled: "oh, that old chestnut – it's the Woozle effect – they murdered the wrong man, and when one of Vlado's accomplices was caught and gave up his name, the authorities exhumed the body they'd buried and sent fingerprints to Sofia and Belgrade, asking if they were of Chernozemski, so one of his IMRO comrades who was a senior Bulgarian Police Officer, simply confirmed that and it became official; actually, he kept changing his name – he had umpteen cover identities - and it was he who carried out the daring attack on Prince Paul of Yugoslavia in Berlin in 1939 and killed him, he almost got Himmler too – by some fluke, Himmler broke his ankle that morning and it was actually a menial in the Gestapo, one Uncle Hans Steckrübe who took his place in the car and was blown up and shot alongside the Prince," when she paused, Teri asked: "why did you call him Uncle? was he your uncle?" but Jasmine blew a raspberry: "no, honey, that was his code-name – he was a paedophile and a couple of American agents, J Alfred Prufrock and Holly Martins got compromising evidence on him and were blackmailing him for information that he had access to in the Gestapo and SS – actually, the final details of the motorcade came from him, but it was only afterwards that they found out he had been forced to sit in for Himmler, that was quite a blow, I can tell you!" and Teri nodded: "it must be, when a source gets blown away, literally, and I suppose none of that would be exoteric, it's the kind of stuff that gets sealed away in the Secret Archives for a hundred years," which Jasmine agreed: "so don't you go blabbing it in QQ or anywhere else," and Teri crossed her heart, quite the self-deprecating, modestly spoken and ironically-aware image of an eiron, which Jasmine didn't believe for one moment, and turned her own glance towards the back of the train, where there was now no sign of Tris Kaidekaphobia, only his crumpled newspaper left on the seat!

(by MissTeriWoman)


Charged by his publisher with the task of making from the Greek an exoteric rendition, he at once assumed the cowed Friday face of a hungry petitioner, and with the quiet irony of a born eiron grieved that - pace the 'Woozle effect' notion that translation is a doddle -  it was altogether beyond his humble powers to render Homer's πολυφλοισβοιο as other than 'poluphloisboious', but that he was confident that from its littoral context the common reader would readily get the gist.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Monday, October 14, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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