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:


She stares at me icily, my assigned grimalkin, my whiskered old witch of a waitress: she's unmoved as I reject the appetizer (I had ordered a salad, not a salina!), and, when I exclaim that the hypertensive effects of such food could be fatally foudroyant, she only purrs. (by Rudi)


When Signor Petrelli's 41ft catamaran (the "Grimalkin") glided into the warm, sunlit waters off the village of Malfa on the island of Salina, he was emphatically not expecting to be met on the dock by Signora Petrelli, who greeted him icily enough to lower the ambient temperature by about 20 degrees C and spoil the foudroyant effect of his latest mistress draped decoratively over the starboard ama. (by cusheamus)


Icily the old witch conjured her feline familiar, a grimalkin of uncertain years, to translate the curling pond into a salina, and before you could say 'foudroyant' two busy sweepers sank like stones, only their brooms at last bobbing to the surface. (by Et Seqq)


Staring icily at her owner, the grimalkin demanded to be let outdoors to drink from the birdbath, but her disgust was foudroyant when she discovered that it had evaporated into a grimy salina. (by waderoush)
The Quandary for Saturday, August 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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