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:


Larry is a flighty diagnostician of his own ailments, constantly chasing the hypochnodriac's will-o'-the-wisp – the perfect prescription – but this fact is belied by the most salient feature of his appearance, a Lincolnesque beard which suggests composure and gravitas, and thereby helps him persuade physicians of his claims, most recently that he developed hypernatremia from eating two salted pretzels. (by Rudi)


Cedric did not believe his desire to be president of the United States was a will-o’-the-whisp for he saw himself as remarkably Lincolnesque; his internist saw him as extremely hypernatremic and likened him to a piece of salt pork, but the salient issues remained, as they always had, that Cedric was both British and quite insane. (by gumo420)


"Mother o' God! A will-o'-the-wisp!" cried Brother Matthias excitedly, spitting partially chewed manzanilla olives into his Lincolnesque beard, while his fellow Franciscans, already clinically hypernatremic from the enormous quantities of potato chips and beef jerky they had consumed before the first commercial break, stared mesmerized at the Discovery Channel special about ignis fatuus or, as they knew it all too well in their Dun Urlan marsh, "friar's lantern", all hoping anxiously for some salient fact that would help them rescue the Abbot from the the leprechauns. (by cusheamus)


'The most salient thing about these albatross fritters,' declared the mariner (a glittering-eyed old salt), taking another mouthful while conveying a lincolnesque air of measured authority, 'is that after all the effort they're so damnably saline, and - believe you me - bringing this one down with a cross-bow was like trying to catch a will-o'-the-wisp; so if you don't mind I'll have another beer to slake my hypernatraemia, for my tongue's withered at the root.' (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, March 11, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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