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:


Once the guests had finished boring each other with obligatory toasts in honor of the birthday boy, Harry himself stood up and offered something less vapid: not the typical "thank you" for his friends' attendance, but a searching introspection into the origins of his own present aspect, beginning with the immortal line "Wherefore art I crapulous?" and continuing with an account of his recent selection and consumption of some ten-odd mixed beverages, this remarkable exposition framed as a hero's journey, a noble gest. (by Rudi)


Hadfield wrote a book, The Gest of Earley, about Joan Earley's exploits during the war (ignoring for the most part the long, dull periods of crapulous vapidity where she and her unit were too exhausted and hungover to do anything but sit staring vacantly into the middle distance), focusing particularly on the taking of Hill 23, not only the astounding and bloody details of the assault itself, but also the whys and wherefores - the reasons for the initial attempt and the unexpected consequences of their success. (by cusheamus)


'Wherefore art thou so vapid?' cried out the victorious knight-errant to his squire, whose perfunctory awe he deemed so unworthy of the magnitude of his latest gest - the trouncing of that ferocious poltroon, that crapulous beer belly, the ever-bloviating Falstaff. (by Et Seqq)


As vapid discussion floated casually around the room, the host wondered wherefore the crapulous dinner guests could not come up with more exciting tales of dangerous gests--even fictional ones. (by iasaff)
The Quandary for Tuesday, November 16, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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