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 men and women's bathrooms were labeled with a spear and a distaff, respectively, but these recondite rubrics only created confusion among the paranymphs at the wedding rehearsal, with the best man entering the opposite sex's facility and, to his sheer and utter horror – a horror so sheer and utter it almost doubled back on itself and became quite tolerable – finding several bridesmaids there in states of increased orbicular exposure. (by Rudi)


The QQ webmaster, with his persnickety rules and orbicular eyes peering from their narrow little sockets, judges entries by a strong rubric to avoid the smallest breech of form, maintaining his manly, nay, kingly rule over his petty domain while distaff paranymphs are dispatched to relay orders to formerly hopeful contributors. (by debbie)


"All right, ladies", shouted the wedding planner, flourishing his clipboard, "if you will please settle down and turn to page twelve, under the rubric of "Attendants" you will see that I have listed in Annabelle's column the four plump paranymphs (by which of course I mean our lovely bridemaids) and please note that happily none of them will contrast uncomfortably with our exuberantly orbicular bride, especially when they have been swathed in pale pink ruffles, and then turn your attention from the distaff side of the visuals to the groom's attendants and let's discuss the issue of their height when juxtaposed to his, which presents a more difficult problem, since even lifts in his shoes can't add more than a couple of inches to his stature." (by cusheamus)


Those orbicular features you eyed, On that paranymph, maid of the bride, Made distaff by rubric, And shaped somewhat cubic, On close-up seem padded one side. (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Monday, September 06, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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