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 Ruritanian military's outsourcing of all meteorological surveillance to a sferics research quango seemed an auspicious move (considering the private sector's faster adoption of new forecasting technologies), but when marines started showing up for battle in rain-gear on sunny (and distinctly nonpluvial) mornings, it was clear something had run amok. (by Rudi)


Some non-elected quango committee, rubber-stamped by a faceless government department, has simply run amok, proposing without so much as a by your leave that now is absolutely the most auspicious time to begin replacing all our treasured analog radios with new-fangled digital, blithely asserting that this will put an end to sferics and other undesirable interference (apart from theirs) once and for all. (by Et Seqq)


I've been listening to shortwave radio in the night when I can't sleep for years, and over the last few weeks I've been hearing sferics distort my reception in short bursts that repeat at such regular intervals that I'm convinced they're caused by some artificial source rather than natural lightning; but my attempt to report this to the authorities is not off to an auspicious start: I've found an alphabet soup of government agencies and quangos, and bureaucracy run amok, but nobody interested in hearing about my discovery. (by Eli)


Mac's Mom (possibly rendered oversensitive by having been laid off yesterday from the quango USPS) seemed to have gone amok, screaming and brandishing kitchen knives in both hands, on account of having discovered the informal gathering of medical marijuana advocates in her basement which, admittedly, startled even young Mac ("Whoa, dude! The 'sferics in this place are intense!") as he squinted through the clouds of smoke and realized that this was an extremely inauspicious beginning to the long weekend. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Saturday, June 19, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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