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:


Upon investigation, it turned out that the sudden death of travel writer Fabio - the facebook crush of many, whose colorful comments limned his experience better than the pictures themselves did -was not due to lead poisoning, but due to his triskaidekaphobia, for the fatal heart attack came when he realized he had been doodling with and biting, all this time, a #13 pencil, turning the death into a vis major, much to the relief of the embattled pencil-maker. (by Kannan)


I loved looking at Harriet's photo album, her face on my screen limned over and over in pixels, but soon I progressed from Facebook crush to following her around in person, ascribing her lack of interest in me to triskaidekaphobia (I have 13 fingers); eventually I lost my job because our employer didn't see the restraining order as vis major in my failure to show up for work. (by Beth)


Having met after their airline declared the weather a vis major, Joe friended Stu online, limning in his mind a future life together for them to share; he finally got over his Facebook crush on him, however, as his triskaidekaphobia took over when he realized that Stu had precisely thirteen photos in his album. (by anon)


Francine and I met in an online group for triskaidekaphobes (cozy, it never grew beyond twelve members) -- what started as a Facebook crush progressed into a Facebook engagement, until a service outage became the vis major that helped us realize the foolishness of it, prompting me to shed old fears and limn my disillusionment with the relationship in a series of thirteen status updates. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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