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:


The maker of the shivadhanush (Shiva's bow) was no luthier, but the string made music when Rama arched it and stringed it, while the public sang the praise of polyonymous Rama with his many names and Kaikeyi realized her son would always be second to Rama, like a figurant in a ballet who never performs on his own, so decided to use her boon as a juggernaut that would stop Rama's ascension to the throne of Ayodhya. (by QuaQua)


The juggernaut of a debacle that ruined the reputation of the ballet company was their hurried selection of the same individual to play the hero, the luthier who made the hero's lutes, and the figurant that danced whenever the hero played his lute, unaware of the substitute dancer's polyonymity. (by QuaQua)


The old luthier made for me and my simian arms a juggernaut of a viola, bigger, more powerful by far than the familiarly oversize Tertis model; so I called him/her variously Fortis, Quintis, or Sextis, as his/her fulsome, polyonymous character required, since he/she had the capacity to assume many guises, none of them in the least conventionally figurant or humbly supportive, for as soon as bow hair brushed string the auditorium would immediately be excited into sympathetic resonance, generating standing waves of clamorous ovation. (by Et Seqq)


In the boiling stew of the University, Luthiere Armand-Pilon, daughter of the lute maker, was able to remain mercifully only a figurant, leaving the large movements (and most of the lines) to others who, soon enough, would be crushed by the juggernaut of western industrialized culture, while Luthiere herself went on to become one of the great actors of her time, acclaimed polyonymously all over the world: "Louis" in France, "Lewis" in English speaking countries, and even "Luyishan" in China, although only her closest friends knew that she was biologically female. (by cusheamus)


When a once-anonymous figurant took a leap in the wrong direction, he landed on polyonymity and fragile wood, crushing a rare Torres instrument (used as an historical prop in this Falla ballet), and earning himself the nicknames Juggernaut, Luthier's Lucifer, Scourge of the Strings, and Guitar Antihero. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Saturday, June 12, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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