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:


Peter had been planning his overthrow of the Kappa Nu fraternity with great gust for weeks, painstakingly assembling a Trojan horse magazine with the cover of Maxim and the contents of Mandate, but his plot was foiled when a great gust of wind blew the cover of the doctored magazine and of Peter himself, exposing the true contents beneath the false carapace and illustrating to all the assembled fraternity brothers the maxim that you can't judge a book by its cover. (by Eli)


Haiku maxim #293: Fear a Trojan horse, Serving as a carapace, With gust delivered. (by luigi)


To puncture our enemies' carapace of military wisdom, we snuck false maxims as Trojan horses inside their copies of Sun Tzu's "Art of War," replacing "All warfare is based on deception" with "All warfare is based on contraception" and defeating them with gust when they arrived on the battlefield, fully and futilely protected. (by Rudi)


Maugre his favorite old maxim ("Never judge a horse by its carapace"), he could not deny the gust he took in the maroon-and-gold fishnets of the Trojan.... (by edb)


Although one should never look a gift horse in the mouth, neither should one put the cart before the horse; and should a cart arrive with a gift horse in tow, rather than the other way round, particularly if it be a horse covered not in hide and hair but in a hard carapace, one would be justified in greeting it armed and armored, with gust tempered by suspicion, whence the maxim: "When it comes to Trojan horses, use protection." (by pej)
The Quandary for Friday, November 13, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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