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:


When I said "I can't follow these directions because I don't know North from South," the boondocks resident was pensive for a minute, then placed "W," "N," "S," "E" and "You," in a quincunx on my hand-drawn map, and said, "If you follow your directions, now you should find your direction," which sounded a tautology to me-- wasn't it? (by QuaQua)


Looking pensive, young Emmet considered Mrs. Thompson's riddle, “What is a square with five points?”, and as he searched for an answer, he felt a growing sorrow for that the fifth point, the extra point, not needed or wanted by the other four, inessential to squareness as a third leg is to bipedalism, and then, remembering another word he had learned recently, declared “It has something redundant, so... it's a tautology!”, but the teacher was not satisfied with this answer: looking at the student as if he were some bumpkin from the boondocks, she scoffed (somewhat unfairly in my opinion) “Now Emmet, have you never heard of a quincunx?” (by Rudi)


'Periphrastic circumlocution (tautological consecution)' George would pensively muse in his quincuncial mews 'seems, in boondocks, remote assecution'. (by Justinnthyme40)


Luke lived out in the hinterlands in a boondocks-appropriate dwelling made of rough-cut logs with the bark still on, but at the time our story commences he was not, in fact, settin' out on the stoop in his ovahauls gnawing on a piece of raw turnip, but rather gazing pensively at a chessboard set up on the kitchen table, wondering what to do about the quincunx before him, at the center of which was his king's bishop (his wife's three pawns and queen's rook facing him from four corners), and musing tautologically about the added bonus of planning ahead. (by cusheamus)


Transported in my dream to the boondocks, with only salt flats and solitude for company, in this hermetic vacancy I unshelve my facsimile of Hydriotaphia, toss a die until I discover the quincunx five-spot (pardon the tautology), which then necessarily leads me, all pensive trepidation, to begin with The Garden of Cyrus. (by Et Seqq)


Isadora Bellaphonia wandered pensively through the quincunx of Rosa damascena bushes until a maidservant tottered up with a letter from Elaginous Shriksnittle, the maid swiftly departing upon the commencement of a characteristically excruciating shriek from Isadora, when, instead of being forced practically against her will to read tales of all the awfully nasty goings on in the 'boondocks' of the Colonies, she discovered that his scribblings amounted to nothing more than tediously tautological dribblings on the subject of her pure unsullied innocence. (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 15, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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