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:


As I mustered enough balance to hold 'peaceful warrior', the yoga teacher offered us a Morton's fork: we could windmill back to 'down-dog', or move into 'side-angle', the real gravamen of either option not being the tipsiness from my tipple earlier that morning, but the pungency of the flatus it would bring 'out and about'. (by QuaQua)


As the lawyer weighed the arguments that might anchor his frivolous case, each gravamen seemed equally bogus to him, and when he accessed the tipple in his emergency flask, these losing alternatives -- the prongs of a Morton's fork -- only grew more numerous, and started to spin in his mind, and kept spinning until he cried, for now he recognized himself as a spiritless Quixote, charging a windmill just because he was getting paid. (by Rudi)


Plump Mr. Williamson, having consumed far more of his favorite tipple (Bushmill's Irish Whiskey) than was good for him, was at the point where only vigorous windmilling of his arms kept him from falling sideways off the wall into the sea or backwards off it onto the rocks and it was painfully clear that the true gravamen of his predicament was that, while we argued whether to call it a Catch-22, a double bind, a Sophie's choice, or a Morton's fork, sooner or later he would wear himself out and fall, one way or the other. (by cusheamus)


The gravamen that Jorge had with his ex-fiancée, Fiona, was not her clandestine tippling nor her habit of windmilling her arms as she walked, but the fact that she agonized over the most mundane of choices, assuming the worst about all possible outcomes; for instance, her treating such simple queries as whether to dine indoors or al fresco as one would a Morton's fork, when in reality, they might be sporks at best. (by luigi)


M'Lud, as soon as that knuckledustered tippler windmilled his brawny arms at me I plumbed him as a barflying hitman from the anti-anthimeria mob; and the gravamen of my charge totals that while quandarying dilemmatically how to stave him off - whether to shillelagh him with a billiard cue or glass him with a Guinness - he . . . but from your benched scowl I fathom that I've already gored my grievance on the tines of Morton's fork - so yes, O.K., I decked him first. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 18, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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