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:


"Snap out of that brown study," I told Harriet, scanning the baroquely ornamented bar with its collection of tired late-night revelers -- one with a laptop angled so the screen wasn't visible, but you could see the porn storm reflected in his glasses -- "you're so subfusc you've sucked all the conviviality out of the room." (by Beth)


Hieronymus Bosch's convivial depiction of the earthly delights, and his subfusc illustration of hell, teem with baroquely detailed images of penetration which, viewed all at once, make it seem as if the artist had jumped forward in time, becoming history's first web surfer, and finding inspiration in the porn storms that would plague 21st century e-life. (by Rudi)


After his meeting with Turing the Great, who spoke of a machine with its own mind, randy royal August the Strong, himself a visionary, dreamed of porn storms on the new device, where baroque ladies could be seen getting convivial with men hiding in the subfusc spaces under their curiously large gown-bottoms. (by Kannan)


The corners of Walter's mouth slowly began to raise up in a barely perceptible grin as he took in the convivial sights and sounds at the gala fĂȘte--the massive ballroom, with all its baroque, gilded curlicues and Venetian chandeliers, was a far cry from his dank, subfusc apartment where, only an hour and half earlier, he had been mercilessly pelted by the flashing wares of untoward merchants in what must have been the porn storm of the century. (by Luigi)


Life at Balliol College, Oxford was cloistered but convivial, full of baroque traditions like The Nepotists carol-singing, the Snell Feast, and the wearing of subfusc for exams; but all this was greatly disrupted after a group of undergraduates walked in on the Master in the midst of a porn storm. (by Eli and Roch)


Once a convivial student, Jared has been subfusc following his two-week suspension: the college dean, strolling into the computer lab, had caught Jared in a porn storm, but Jared claims he was only researching his senior thesis topic, depictions of the immaculate conception in Baroque art. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Friday, October 09, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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