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:


Simply macerate the appendage in herb-infused pond water for 24 hours, then bake it in the sun while performing a simple heliolatrous ritual (the details of which are to be found on page 762), waiting until the weathercock has made its 666th turn, and by then the remedy will have achieved the distinctive flyblown appearance that indicates it is mature, authentic, and ready for consumption. (by Rudi)


With my half-dry shirt as a poor-man's weathercock, a flyblown plank of wood that was once a side-panel of the sunken boat as a sorry excuse for an oar, a little turtle macerating in salt-water as my only prospect of dinner, and the sun shining gracefully down on me as if to keep me warm and visible, I realized all I could engage in was heliolatry, praying that He would stick around until a rescue helicopter or another boat found me. (by QuaQua)


A half hour's refreshing dip in the sea had left his skin so macerated and puckered, at once puffy and wrinkled, and now so freckled with oily pollutants, that he looked like nothing so much as a sweltering, misshapen mass of flyblown lard as he slumped back onto the burning sand, still irked that his daughter had branded him an unprincipled weathercock (or was it a 'two-faced slimeball'?) for contriving a week's free tarriance on the heliolatrous Côte d'Azur as the condition of his giving a keynote speech on the inexorability of global warming. (by Et Seqq)


When last we heard from the heliolatrous Mrs. Kilbourne, she had escaped to Mexico where, free from persecution by her ex-husband, she could sit outside in the sunshine, macerating in suntan oil, from dawn to dusk if she so desired, in front of the Grand Hotel in Ixtapa which, from the rusty weathercock on its crumbling tile roof to the grimy, flyblown windows on the front door, had failed to live up to the original hopes of its owners, but which perfectly suited Mrs. Kilbourne's need for obscurity on a strict budget. (by cusheamus)


From his rooftop perch the tainted, flyblown weathercock was still keeping a beady eye on the bodies of the sybarites below, macerated by years of fad dieting, practicing their heliolatry under the scorching sun while their skins slowly turned from rosy pink to bright red. (by Toortle)
The Quandary for Monday, June 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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