Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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When they woke in the morning, Enneas and Olive had no memory of End of Time Street, the crime scene, their attacker, the mysterious lift, nor arriving in Nutwood; so far as they were concerned, Nutwood – a village or, to certain discerning residents, a pair of villages, so close to each other that their boundaries had blurred and all but disappeared, yet some still distinguished them as Bigge Village and Smalle Village, each of the descriptives having lost an r over time, in an idyllic English valley, a kind of shallow bowl with no roads leading in or out, and it's environs – had always been their home and their pleasant cottage, complete with thatched roof, a small but pretty front garden in front and a larger one at the back, with two oaks and a hammock hanging between them, had ever been the constant in their lives, along with their two daughters, Rosie and Daisy – just like in the story books; Enneas was a Solicitor, with a practice that served both the village community and the rural hinterland and Olive worked in Nutwood Village School where she taught the younger pupils, while Dr Montmorency was Headmaster and taught the older ones: "what day is it?" asked Olive, sleepily and Enneas, carrying in the breakfast tray, said "today," and laughed, this being the usual question and response each morning: "is there any news?" was her next question and, as always, his reply was: "no news is good news – tea, toast, soft-boiled eggs and marmalade, what more could you want?" and Olive stretched: "I had the oddest dream, I hope I didn't disturb you, dear," but he shook his head: "I was out like a light, unconscious, I don't think I had any kind of dream – what was yours about?" but she was shaking her head: "I really don't remember, it didn't wake me, but I think I was running in it," and he asked: "are going to join the Jogging Club?" at which she nodded: "yes, Nurse Mariah and I are going out this evening, though we'll probably just be having a brisk walk and gradually speed up – I think you're supposed to build up stamina before actually starting to run, and there's probably a technical difference between Jogging and Running anyway, but we're doing it for a bit of fun and to get some exercise, I can't see us racing any time soon!" and Enneas smiled, it was good that Olive had a friend like Mariah, but then Olive said: "you know Mariah's got a lodger?" but Enneas shook his head: "first I've heard of it, who?" and she said: "a young chap, Ezekiel, his mother recently passed away and he doesn't have any other relatives; actually, it was him saw Soft Mick fall off his ladder that time, and he ran for Mariah and then Dr Graham," at which Enneas snorted, "he should have been struck off, for certifying that poor chap as dead, what an experience, buried alive and only coming to in the coffin under ground – he was lucky the Churchwarden heard him shouting and knocking and they managed to get him out before he really was dead!" but Olive raised a hand: "please don't pontificate, Enneas, I'm sure we've made mistakes in our time, we're just lucky we don't deal with matters of Life and Death," to which he agreed: "you're right, dear, a spelling mistake in a deed or will usually gets spotted before the signing and no-one gets buried alive, but what do you want me to do with this Ezekiel chap?" and Olive grinned: "just have a chat – Mariah says he spends most of his time talking to her cat, Greymalkin, and I don't suppose he gets much back; Aunt Mabel is going to pop in this evening to give the girls their bath and read their bedtime story, so you could take Ezekiel out for a walk, it's going to be a lovely evening," he stared at her: "what should I talk to him about, I don't know anything about him?" but she waved his objections aside: "you're a Solicitor, Enneas, you can vamp, you can talk the hind leg off a donkey, improvise, but I'll tell you what Mariah suggested – The Nutwood Players are rehearsing in the Village Hall and she says they are short of stage hands, why don't you and Ezekiel have a deek, se if you could make yourselves useful, that way he could get to know a lot more people and wouldn't be dependent on just Mariah, or you, for that matter,," and Enneas gave a little whicker: "you are quite incorrigible, Olive, I don't know how the Cubs are managing without you and your projects, but you manage me and the girls quite excellently, and seem to have come up with a rescue plan for this Ezekiel chap, I don't suppose he knows anything about it?" and she conceded: "no, of course not, and why should he? he's just a member of the cast and I, dear boy, am the Director!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, February 22, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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