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 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)


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)


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)


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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