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:


My body was snug in bed, my mind ensconced in the Land of Nod, when a sound in my room, the hissing of a radiator, surpassed the limen of my slumbering awareness, spallating my dream into several tantalizing projectiles, flying in orthogonal directions (here the sound is a lover's whisper; there, a rushing stream; here, a nervous computer fan; there, a calming breeze), each of which my mind rushed to follow, until they all converged at the waking point, the sight of the clock: 3 AM, groan, turn, tug the blanket, back to sleep. (by Rudi)


She held me forever awake in her wicked embrace, perched on the limen of spallation, driven to such madness I begged Morpheus to guide me to the Land of Nod but I would have welcomed death as lovingly. (by gumo420)


The first volume of MY BOOKHOUSE ("In the Nursery", published in 1920) is for children crossing the threshold from late infancy to early childhood and rests on another limen: that of poetry and prose, moving from regular, hypnotic rhymes that help restless babies enter the Land of Nod to odd, tantalizing stories and folktales (such as the dreamlike "A Quick-Running Squash") that rivet the attention of even the most spallated two-year-olds. (by cusheamus)


Her soporific clavichord playing was so liminal, so tantalizingly sotto voce, that those aspirant auditors not already adrift in the land of Nod wondered if she shrank from activating her fragile instrument's spallation, were its tippy-toed tangents ever actually to touch a gossamer wire and so frustrate the hush. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 06, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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