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:


Dolores, taking a break from preparing supper, was downstairs quietly doodling, pushing her pencil this way and that as she pondered why she had of late become so interested in Darrin (who had always been such a nudnik), when she heard footsteps in the kitchen; so, thinking it was her exacting mother, she quickly got to her feet, ran up the stairs to return to the stove to stir the porridge, and didn’t know (how could she?) that the spurtle was not in the pan, but was, in fact (while she was in La La Land), suspiciously positioned at the top of the stairs where she was about to step on it and no doubt slip into an untimely and ghastly demise, were it not for the felicitous tug of her undergarments, which, mauger her mother’s admonitions not to do such unlady-like things, caused her to stop at the top step and “adjust,” allowing her to see the slurry-covered stick (and hear the click of high heels as her mother exited the room). (by Bovinity)


The household nudnik had used up all the ink while doodling on many of the kitchen implements, so it was felicitous that the spurtle was untouched allowing the rest of us to complete our mapping project in the slowly congealing porridge on the kitchen table that resulted from attempting to use the spurtle to serve the porridge as well as stir it. (by Mouse)


While it had previously featured innovations so felicitous as the spork, this years Culinary Inventor's competition was filled with submissions by nudniks, such as the "spenurtle," a very questionable spurtle with a pen tip, purportedly useful for multitasking chefs who "need" a way to stir porridge and doodle in their cookbooks without changing implements. (by Rudi)


I was heading out of the lodge so as to take a leak, when Garrulous, the resident nudnik, tagged along and began what I expected to be another one of his maundering monologues; so, I was rather surprised when he began to talk about the time his mother cracked: in the midst of stirring porridge, she drew out the spurtle, dribbled spittle into a tittle of splattered batter, and started doodling with it while she prattled away -- which was all rather felicitous, given my need to understand whence his odd loquaciousness came. (by Bovinity)


We hoped for a felicitous outcome (ie something other than porridge for dinner) when our resident nudnik doodled on the cook's usual spurtle, but alas! the cook just used a wooden spoon instead. (by edb)


I could see my mom lose her patience, stirring the porridge as if she were doodling, faster and faster, as the nudnik stood at the kitchen threshold and blabbed on and on, so it was felicitous indeed when she hit my brother on the head with the spurtle, thus bringing about some seriously needed silence. (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Friday, November 06, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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