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"Have you seen the Southern Lights yet?" asked Bernie Cohen, as they tucked into Spotted Dick and custard, but with a mouthful of pudding, Oyzell merely shook her head and shrugged, so Bernie explained: "like the Northern Lights but more overt, instigated by the same source in the sun, truly heterochromatic but with the colours even more defined, a total Wowser, absolute simplex munditiis, gloriousof course, you've been in the Sick Bay, I forgot, no windowsbut the point is, I believe there is a link between the Lights and the Wormholes, the Cosmic Rays provide the acceleration, after all, to pass from 1947 to 1943let alone Glasgow to the South Polein an instant, must require some acceleration, and the Commander told me that your claim is to have gone from Melrose in the year 2020 to some place in the Highlands, Glen Rum?" and Oyzell corrected him, "Glen Glum," and he continued, "okay, Glen Glum, in the middle of the 15th century, and then, and then, you came here, Antarctica, and now! and was it instantaneous? well, the brothers and I were blown up in a sewer and we're a bit confused over how long our journey took, but it was quick, what about you?" so Oyzell said that the first transferas she called itwas elongated, time and space seeming to be bent, or curved, at an impossible angle, but the second, probably because they entered at the same point where MacFarlane, Doubleday and presumably Elginbrod, had exited, and if they had recently escaped from Tabarin, maybe they had gone straight to Glen Glum and left the link open: "but I really don't know very much about thisit is outwith my experience, although Maude and her friends have been investigating many such appearances and disappearances, because there seems to be a kind of Hub under the Eildon Hills in Melrose, with lots of Wormholes converging there, or radiating from it, ach, in out, shake it all about, it's the same difference, but I don't know it from nothing, Maude's the one you should speak to," so Bernie suggested that after coffee, "it's Nicaraguan," they should go back to The Wheelhouse and rescue Daphne: "the brothers and I have our own Hut, you're welcome to come over and we can talk there privately," which, to Oyzell, sounded like a 

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Monday, May 25, 2020, consists of:
  • heterochromatic
  • overt
  • instigate
  • simplex munditiis, adj. and n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

adjective: Having many different colors.
  1. Open and not concealed or secret.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for May 25, 2020 is:

instigate • \IN-stuh-gayt\  • verb

: to goad or urge forward : provoke


"The big thing about effective advertising is that it uses data effectively to instigate behavior." — Nicole Ortiz, Adweek, 14 Apr. 2020

"In his usual genuine and silly fashion, [Chris] Martin sincerely explained his intent for making the live video and instigating a new series of live Instagram performances. ’What would be nice would be to check in with some of you out there and see how you’re doing…. I had an idea that we could call this thing "Together At Home." And who knows, maybe tomorrow someone else will take it over,’ he said." — Sean Glaister, The Johns Hopkins (University) News-Letter, 6 Apr. 2020

Did you know?

Instigate is often used as a synonym of incite (as in "hoodlums instigating violence"), but the two words differ slightly in their overall usage. Incite usually stresses an act of stirring something up that one did not necessarily initiate ("the court’s decision incited riots"). Instigate implies responsibility for initiating or encouraging someone else’s action and usually suggests dubious or underhanded intent ("he was charged with instigating a conspiracy"). Another similar word, foment, implies causing something by means of persistent goading ("the leader’s speeches fomented a rebellion"). Deriving from the past participle of the Latin verb instigare, instigate stepped into English in the 16th century, after incite and ahead of foment.

OED Word of the Day: simplex munditiis, adj. Elegantly simple; unostentatiously beautiful

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