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:


It's hard for Safiq to imagine that this man, Safiq's Old Man of the Sea, was the smiling stranger that made his parents happy when he took Safiq, tousling his hair and tickling him, away from them with the promise of a better life for their child, away from the jerkwater that they lived in, and from their agrestic life that was betrayed by the rains year after year. (by QuaQua)


As the mythology professor's date tousled his hair, loosened his collar, and noticed the image inked on his shoulders, he preempted her questions with a bit of personal history: “I was a daydreamer growing up in an agrestic abyss, jerkwater, real middle of nowhere... and on my seventeenth birthday, bored silly, I had a bright idea for a tattoo, and since then the Old Man of the Sea has followed me everywhere, now let's get him drunk.” (by Rudi)


Once the old, wheezing train had carried me across the continent, through all the huge, intricately filthy cities and all the backwaters and jerkwaters in their agrestic simplicity, I came at last, weary and tousled, to the coast and my father to find answers to the mystery of the Farm and the Pool at the hill's foot, knowing that he would writhe in the grip of my questions like Proteus, the Old Man of the Sea, and I feared I would discover that, along with the child in Brooke's poem, I had been playing ignorantly and lightly with something on account of which "towns were fire of old, and love has been betrayed, and murder done." (by cusheamus)


The Old Man of the Sea sprang up onto my back, gripped me tightly with his brawny legs, boldly tousled my centre parting, and cackled maniacally 'Gee up, dobbin!'; whereupon I deftly prised off the noxious limpet in some unfrequented corner of a foreign field, or as Rupert Brooke so nearly phrased it, in some agrestic jerkwater. (by Et Seqq)


Stranded in this agrestic tousled jerkwater of a town I began to feel like the fish in Hemingway’s Old Man of the Sea: tied down and ravaged by the sharks of small town stupidity, boredom and self loathing. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 20, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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