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:


His bright eyes belying his illness, the 5-year old valetudinarian moved his etch-a-sketch pen effortlessly over the palimpsest, where various vegetables, from napiform carrot to plumpy pumpkin, accreted into a celebration of shapes and colors. (by QuaQua)


After years of eating a palimpsestic assortment of nachos and cheese, with its various layers of deliciousness, Magleby slowly accreted more cellulite, becoming valetudinarian and turning his once chiseled body into a napiform monstrosity. (by Blackbird)


The 2010 valedictorian of Kafka High School was also a valetudinarian, who accreted ailments as consistently as honors, many of the honors forged (his transcript was a palimpsest with A's written over C's), and many of the ailments imagined (his napiform silhouette gave him the idea that he was literally metamorphosing into a turnip). (by Rudi)


Mr. Rock and his lovely wife, Ms. Stone, had accreted a good deal of lichen on their smooth, napiform selves during the past two thousand years, which caused Ms. Stone to remark irritably to Mr. Rock that she had become absolutely unrecognizable, she was so weathered and green and crusty, to which he replied tenderly that he saw a shadow of her former self showing through the encrustation the way one sometimes glimpses, through the superimposed text, the original writing on a palimpsest, but his saying that only made her feel more than ever like an elderly valetudinarian and she knew it wouldn't be long before she was nothing but a pile of gravel. (by cusheamus)


At first Milburn appeared quite valetudinous, and he was occasionally ridiculed after his “alien encounter,” but what could he expect, particularly with the writhing venous palimpsest and the accrescence of his head into that grotesque pulsating napiform configuration; but still it was quite a shock when he destroyed so much of Toledo with his death ray eyes over a silly little jest like turnip head. (by gumo420)


His addled brain is napiform within a head bulbously hydrocephalic, his brow is etched with palimpsestic accretions of torment, his malingering gape is a ghoulish risus, his valetudinarian trench foot hangs interminably o'er the beckoning grave - and yet to me he will always be my precious Chou Chou Bunnikins. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, April 29, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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