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:


I will not broach the byzantine complexities of Jake's psychology, but simply offer that the man is a rapscallion, a good-for-nothing who, though abundant in flesh (now possessing 300 some-odd pounds of it), is still, as a worker, neither fish, flesh nor good red herring, but rather a spoiled spoilsman, coasting on party coffers in exchange for a few cheers. (by Rudi)


A week before the mayoral election, a spoilsman wannabe (hoping for a contract for all the city parks) donated in his candidate's name a shipping container full of playground equipment to the Linwood Avenue Park where Angela now stood among the other parents supervising the play of their rapscalliony offspring, watching her little son - dressed in combat boots, a pale pink feather boa, and a fez - careening around and through, over and under, up and down the byzantine conglomeration of play structures, causing her to observe sadly, "Poor soul, he's neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring." (by cusheamus)


With quite byzantine circumbendibus - multiple alibis, genetic indisposition, severe migraine, moral probity, sexual orientation, religious scruples, Parliamentary ethics - the rapscallion declared himself no spoilsman, in the face of compelling evidence that he was syphoning off public funds to promote a dubious off-shore enterprise that was neither fish, flesh, nor good red herring. (by Et Seqq)


According to my mother, my brother was born with a nimbus, his daedal deeds, even as a child - so impressive; turns out he ends up a rapscallion, a spoilsman whose deeds blossomed to byzantine, which, beyond his power broker cronies, remain betwixt and between, falling between two stools, and neither fish, flesh, nor good red herring. (by docephesus)
The Quandary for Sunday, January 09, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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