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 haruspex declares that your kleptocracy shall swiftly receive its just comeuppance, sire," said the translator; and then, noting the look of wrath on the emperor's face, he whirled toward the diviner and hastily added, "to which I can only reply: *what* kleptocracy, you fey scoundrel?" (by saintdufus)


After lacing the floor with traps, Mrs. Jenkins assumed the fey demeanor of a Roman haruspex and, in a crazed whisper divined (confidently, although no entrails were yet available to read) that the reigning kleptocrats of her kitchen would soon receive their comeuppance.

(by Rudi)


The Grand Vizier - notoriously the most grasping, ruthlessly unprincipled official within the ruling kleptocracy - was given to fits of fey abstraction during which he would summon the court haruspex to predict the most auspicious day for scheduling the comeuppance of those of his recalcitrant inferiors most deserving of ritual disembowelment.

(by Et Seqq)


The kleptocracy composed of ancients stood around the haruspex amidst gut wrenching cries of a goat in anguish, each one anticipating, guessing their compeuppance disguised within fey proclamations in light of several of their colleagues' murders.

(by SunnyBee)
The Quandary for Wednesday, September 14, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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