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:


At the entrance to the seaside promenade, straining and peering up at the newly posted sign high above his head, Tip, a legless veteran of the Crimean War who got around on an old dolly propelled by his overdeveloped arms and hands, sounded the words out carefully, literatim, and when he still couldn't understand it ("NO SIRENIANS ALLOWED"?) briefly regretted not having completed a third trimester of schooling but then continued blithely on his way, cheerfully oblivious to the pointed looks of the passers-by. (by cusheamus)


An accomplished plagiarist, punctiliously reproducing literatim every stylistic tic of an obscure paper on 'Sirenians in Greek Mythology : the Lure of the Mermaid', Helen found herself sent down for a trimester, during which enforced sabbatical she blithely devoted herself to a closely paraphrased rewrite of her purloined text, thereby fully rehabilitating herself in the eyes of her professor as a student of rare creative promise. (by Et Seqq)


Three months of correspondence among emergency-response bureaurocrats reads as if it had been copied literatim from an absurdist parody, and now, one trimester into the oil spill, as authorities continue stalling cleanup, the blithe motions of manatees and other Sirenian creatures in affected waters have turned into a veritable Danse Macabre. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Saturday, July 31, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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