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:


It was only by trading bacchanalia for late-night study that Mr. Doe amassed his eclectic learnings and in time gained recognition as a polymath, and if his expertise in the field of drunken revelry was necessarily thin, he made up for that lack with his encyclopedic knowledge of cricket stridulation.

(by Rudi)


At the annual bacchanalia convened in the Senior Common Room, an eclectic range of  polymaths had assembled, each man ready and willing - particularly after quaffing the cellar's choicest full-blooded vintages - not only to pontificate loudly and at length on the cherished trivialities of their own primary discipline but also to stridulate on a myriad intellectual byways wherein they could profess even a smidgin of sapience.

(by Et Seqq)


Peter the Polemic Polymath was not invited to his brother's  wedding, perhaps because he turned last year's environmental function into a bacchanalia as he was attempting to prove that alcohol was the greater societal hazard of modern times, or perhaps because he had a cantankerous urge to flaunt his aptitude in memorizing classics as soon as the opportunity occaisioned it, or perhaps because his taste in music was more eclectic and less maudlin than the nonsense usually chosen by the host, something that in his mind warrants direct action, or perhaps because he didn't want to go, as he was in the midst of pondering over whether Asian crickets' legs were in simple harmonic motion in the same frequency as American ones.

(by Martin)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 15, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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