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:


I was eating lunch outside the UN building, middle-aged and in the middle of my vexing career, looking at the flags of various nations, wondering if I should switch to vexillology, the study that combines my true interests (visual representation of emotions, political history of the world, colors and countries), when a quintessential sign from above, all anonymous and mischievous, manifested in aeolian form, setting half the flags around the building aflutter, and knocking my semese sandwich out of my hands. (by QuaQua)


From another rusting tin trunk the maritime vexillologist lovingly withdrew a semese pennant creased and salt-stiff with age, but whether it had once nourished seagulls or moths I know not; and, as he lifted it up within an embrasure, a gust of wind came unfurling it, as if seeking to sound through fraying fabric the threads of an aeolian harp, beckoning softly, ghosting the quintessential siren call of the sea. (by Et Seqq)


The vexillum, a red linen banner painted with the figure Victory standing on a globe, came to light in the early nineteenth century when the continued erosion of the Libyan desert by Aeolian turbidity currents (better known as "dust storms") uncovered a makeshift tomb containing the bodies of eight legionaries whose semese remains, gnawed but still mostly intact, reminded the discoverers poignantly of the quintessential 8-berth goatskin tent of the contubernium. (by cusheamus)


In a quintessentially jingoistic gesture, the hiker crowned the gusty summit with his national flag, but the flag's aeolian moan presaged tragedy more than triumph: soon the wind would play upon the hiker too, causing his fatal slip, then carrying in the vultures--hungry birds with little interest in human vexillology, but great enthusiasm for this man's semese carcass. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Monday, June 14, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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