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:


Manson's flowing round-hand belied his rapacious character, and suggested a certain vulnerable mansuetude, a collusion of his deliberately determined to lead the unaware to such a conclusion, and leave them vulnerable to the application of his strong and skilled hands to the cessation of function in their carotid arteries. (by tree)


If penmanship is a window into character, Hector's flowery roundhand reveals a fellow more mansuetudinous than manly, and when a band of rapacious antiquers, operating in collusion with his attention-starved Pomeranian, dispatched the anxious puffball to snatch Hector's vintage Montblanc fountain pen, he put up no defense except scribbling an ornamental SOS, a display of meekness which any graphologist could have foreseen. (by Rudi)


Della Rovere was a rapacious dog wrapped in a cloak of servile mansuetude so cunning and complete that his collusions and intrigues went undiscovered until he actually became Pope Julius II and in that exquisite and delicate roundhand, so often praised as though some marker of fine character, issued forth Papal Bull after Papal Bull premeditatedly elevating and excommunicating any and all for the profligate patronage of blasphemous, but damnably gifted, scum like that pig Michelangelo Buonarroti. (by gumo420)


In his rapacious attempt to capture every word of Vyasa's inspired narration of the Mahabharatha, the intriguing story of collusion of good and evil on both sides of the war of Kurukshetra, the divine scribe Ganesha, his mansuetude keeping him from interrupting Vyasa's stream of consciousness, took no time to discard the broken brush and break off one of his own tusks to continue writing in a beautiful roundhand that resembled his own peaceful countenance. (by QuaQua)


"O.K., Agenda Item 1, the President's gauche allusions to Wall Street's supposed collusions and delusions . . . now let's have no illusions, guys, Obama's upstart views are uncalled for and downright sinister - no, Counterfeit Joe, I don't mean that he's left-handed, and what do I care if his round hand uncial is irredeemably atrocious? - so what I say is this: we turn on the contrition, we roll over and make all mansuetudinous like, and then - wait for it - we carry on just as rapacious as before . . . which reminds me, everyone else happy with their bonuses? - great, so am I, cheers." (by Bud Myte)


This was written in a fine, legible roundhand on the scrap of vellum: "The horse became fully accustomed to my hand, showing indeed such affection and mansuetude that we two could often act almost as one being, colluding cheerfully in all manner of pranks and japes against the greedy landowners, as well as recovering some of the gold stolen by their rapacious stewards." (by cusheamus)
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