Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Today the author descended from Source to Demiurge, turning away from the imagining of perfect gests (which he fancied he'd contribute to the world of letters ex gratia) and focusing instead on banausic concerns (forestalling eviction through the actual writing of a screenplay which he hoped to sell for a month's rent). (by Rudi)


No one could blame the Demiurge for an occasional lapse, Regina was thinking as she surveyed the x-rays, but the human knee joint was so far from the ideal solution to the problem of upright locomotion as to almost make one wish that said Demiurge spent more time on the banausic details that make the world function than on ex gratia chansons de gest such as this wantonly extravagant sunset was promising to be. (by Amalia)


The Demiurge was at his workbench, working out some details of Holothuroidea, when His mother interrupted to say a problem had arisen with the cameleopards, trying hard to keep the I-told-you-so out of her voice, because when the Demiurge was an undergraduate she had urged Him to major in Engineering but He had scoffed at what He called her low-bred, banausic attitude toward education and had opted instead for Theology, imagining His infinite gests would be of a lofty, spiritual nature, failing utterly to anticipate the eons He would spend tinkering in the workshop, constantly intruded upon not only by his mother but also ex gratia visits from His various creations (bringing presents and humbly-worded petitions to be allowed to have thumbs). (by cusheamus)


The new caretaker-cum-general factotum had, of course, been taken on primarily for his attested, if limited banausic accomplishments - sweeping floors, cleaning washrooms, locking doors - and not for his unwelcome enterprise in posting up on the broom cupboard door 'I am the demiurge without whom you nonentities would all be wallowing in chaos', for which audacious initial gest he was promptly dismissed, and with no ex gratia munificence commensurate with such refreshing candour. (by Et Seqq)


A guitar was given to the starving musician ex gratia, a banausic gift that would allow the singer to embark on a new series of gests, creating concepts and ideas in homage to Demiurge's own creations. (by iasaff)
The Quandary for Wednesday, November 17, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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