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:


Pacing boustrophedon-wise back and forth along the studio floor, he worked his way gradually from the long wall of windows overlooking the street to the opposite wall (sinopia-stained by generations of grubby adolescent hands), hopscotched over and around the pile of book bags near the door and trudged methodically back towards the windows again, rehearsing what he might say to the Headmaster about the flippant corrigendum he had made to the posted list of English marks (to which he had neatly added the English teacher's name in last place). (by cusheamus)


The author's first draft was a promising sketch, a verbal sinopia suggesting a great fresco of prose to come, but in his second draft he changes his mind as often as a boustrophedon switches direction; in the published version (worse yet) he argues aimlessly, as if playing hopscotch; and in the corrigendum he makes more mistakes than he corrects. (by Rudi)


'Remarkable,' remarked the Professor (69) professorially, 'to find sketchy sinopia in the form of boustrophedonic corrigenda anent hopscotch, or laylay as the Persians call the children's game, for cuneiform scripts of that period so rarely show their preliminary russet workings while deploying in every other line such a backward editorial hand' - and with that he sank back, utterly exhausted, indeed quite quashed, by his own congested erudition, murmuring 'wow', and then again, on reflection, 'wow'. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 14, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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