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:


Forget him... sweet talking, but he's triply tight as a tick – raca if you want to get all Biblical – a big fat waste (with a big swollen waist), permanently wasted, and ever wasteful of his money (unwilling to spend it!), and you don't need great powers of inference (just a little subaudition, sweety) to understand that if you do go for drinks tonight – mayhap he'll mooch, mayhap he'll mulct – you'll come out poorer and regret a decent evening's waste. (by Rudi)


Mayhap Calvin was lucky to escape with just a bruise from a hurled shoe and ears ringing with calls of "raca" when he presented a paper at a convention of Biblical scholars claiming that a little subaudition had led him to conclude that Jesus had spent much of his life tight as a tick after learning to turn water into wine. (by Eli)


She told him that he was raca for downing whiskey shots so ferociously with only a bit of nicotene to keep them company in his system, but, tight-as-a-tick, his subaudition revolted against this insult, and he began to think that mayhap he would prefer to make his decisions alone from now on. (by Megan Louise)


Mayhap if old Uncle Solly, on the scrounge as usual, had had even a soupcon of faith in our powers of subaudition he wouldn't have felt the need so to spell out his disapproval of Bella's cousin Harry ('klainer gornisht!') as both raca and tight as a tick - an oxymoron that happily escaped him in his moment of need. (by Et Seqq)


He haggles and haggles for wares Though not raca surrounded by bears: Subaudition his shtick And tight as a tick Mayhap chases the beasts with his glares. (by QuaQua)
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