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:


He deified her still, seeing not a fellow addict, but her imago, a picture he formed on the night they met – casino party, she's dressed as a pharaoh, slithery uraeus emanating from her crown – and although friends said “he lives with Medusa in a trailer park” the gambler believed he was traveling with a queen, both of them dressed incognito, just stopping “overnight” at a desert caravansary to mingle with commoners before returning to the sacred pyramid – the Luxor in Las Vegas – where they'd reclaim their riches. (by Rudi)


'George, dear, I know it's been our special anniversary today and the Sahara's really very very nice, but don't expect me to deify your manhood just because you've bought from that caravanserai stall some erectile plastic snake to stick on your new fez, and well no, I don't accept that the beckoning floozie on the camel turned you on only because she so reminded you of me as a young girl, and then when all's said and done why you can't talk normally instead of coming out with gross cacozelia like uraeus for the slithery thing and imago for 'age cannot wither' beats me, it really does, so get your paws off me, you filthy beast.' (by Et Seqq)


The imago of her father, who had died before Jacqueline reached the age of seven, snaked itself around every aspect of her adult life, much like a uraeus coiled at the base of a pharaoh’s crown, comforting her as the sight of a caravansary quells the apprehension of a weary nomad; in deifying him in this way she made it all but impossible for anyone to be worthy of her love and was thus still a lonely spinster at seventy-three. (by luigi)


Clutching a small uraeus pendant, Kedem stood in the shadows of a stall in the caravanserai looking out toward the portal through which the mysterious Shen would enter (identified by a pendant of his own, also showing the likeness of a spitting cobra), and while he waited he mused on the doctrine of tzelem elohim or Imago Dei - human beings are created in God's image and therefore have inherent value independent of their acts - and thought that if the ugly, bad-tempered crowd in the courtyard was anything to go by, it would more accurate to deify one of the camels. (by cusheamus)


It was the first day of the 3rd Month of Shomu, which meant that it was a very favourable day, at least that’s what they were told, the day of the great feast in the southern heaven, when Hathor and every land and body were in festivity, a day during which they learned that indeed the Cairo Calendar was right as it was at Wikalat Bazar'a, an old caravansary, where, to their greatest surprise and joy, they found a splendid lapis-lazuli menat, a necklace with a counterweight, which actually is a percussion instrument sacred to Hathor, the goddess of joy, who as a fire-spitting uraeus resides on the forehead of Ra together forming a parental-imago, and two statuettes, one of Imhotep the Wise holding a papyrus on his knees, a scribe who was deified, and another of Ptah, the primal creator who has fashioned the universe through words. (by antoniadeldebbio)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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