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:

4

The aphorism inside my fortune cookie says I will soon be wealthy and prosperous, but I will consider this mantic assurance as barmecidal until the cookie explains how I might defray the bankrupting costs of tonight's meal. (by Rudi)

3

In order to defray the considerable expense of a new ouija board and planchette Mrs Hilda Gubbins enjoined her clientele to obey the spelt out injunction 'S.O.S. - give liberally' - this barmecidal spirit aphorism in no way undermining the collective faith in her mantic powers.

(by Et Seqq)

2

When Sir Torvald DeFray mordantly declared me a "barmecidal maniac" at my son's bar mitzvah, my first thought was that the sausage maven had failed to grasp the meaning of the word barmecidal; but then I recalled the aphorism "Never lick another man's foot until you've first walked a mile in that foot's shoe," and I began to reflect that maybe--just maybe--some mantic foreglimpse of hidden truth might lurk behind the winsome hunchback's cryptic words.

(by saintdufus)

1

True as it might have been to generations of readers, Jane Austen’s opening aphorism in Pride and Prejudice “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” had no mantic value for the early 21st century, because I am well acquainted with many a single man in possession of a good fortune, real or barmecidal, who would prefer not to defray the cost of a wife.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, June 29, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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