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:


I managed to hold my tendency to use diphthongs in abeyance throughout the Spanish reading exercise, only because my teacher raised his cane every time I was about to use a diphthong in place of a monophthongal sound (saying 'ear' for the spanish word 'ir' for instance), reminding me of my mother's spurtle which she deftly used to reach every last bastion of under-construction lumps in the porridge and crush them before they could harden. (by QuaQua)


When mice invaded the bastion of grandma's kitchen while she was cooking porridge, she could not hold them in abeyance through vocal intimidation (yelling at them in a loud imitation of their monophthongal utterances: "eee! eeeee!") so she was forced to resort to batting them with her spurtle. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Saturday, November 07, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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