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:


The young nation spent its daedal energy devising instruments of war – sophisticated torpedos that could traverse the ocean and strike antoecian ships in their distant ports – but for all the nation's early military ingenuity, it could not stop its own people from growing up to be bedridden valetudinarians, worried as much about their own frail health as about perceived enemies across the globe. (by Rudi)


Six year old Tony, a veritable Daedalus of youthful inventiveness, escaped the claustrophobic, valetudinarian fug of his great grandmother's South Philadelphia row house and spent the afternoon in the backyard, working on a scheme to drill through the earth using his great grandmother's immersion blender and her classic torpedo-shaped Shaeffer fountain pen with its nice sharp nib, undaunted by the fact that he would emerge in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southwestern Australia and that his only autoeci would be fish, hoping in fact that enough of the water from the ocean would drain through into the backyard to distract his great grandmother from the loss of her tools. (by cusheamus)


The travel group’s equanimity, especially of the elderly valetudinarians, was torpedoed to a malignant obsessive beseeching of “But, what type of clothing should we pack?” when the travel agent (former cartographer) believing herself daedal, proffered the answer as a question: “What apparel is required of antoeci located at 90 degrees – parkas or bathing suits?” (by docephesus)


The grey haired valetudinarian, daedal in her effort to appear as frail as possible, shuffled into the doctor’s office, torpedoed herself toward the receptionists desk and registered, after which she situated herself in the waiting area - completely antœci, both in space and health from the cluster of tennis players on the courts across the street. (by crystaldf)


No one could explain why 'The Bachelor' on ABC's eponymous reality game show, and a resident of New York, had suddenly torpedoed his upcoming nuptials to the lovely 'bachelorette' finalist from San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina) until a daedal psychiatric researcher came forward with his work on a little-known syndrome which makes valetudinarians and other hypochondriacs fearful to intermarry with antoeci, give or take a few degrees. (by Sami)


Each night the ex-admiral, now a morose valetudinarian, would rise unsteadily from his sick-bed to shuffle across the room to a desk, where he would obsessively map, recalibrate, and again re-check the position of two troopships torpedoed (by daedal enemy contrivance) such that they had sunk in antœcian symmetry exactly four hundred nautical miles above and below the equator. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, February 10, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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