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:


Imagine my embarrassment when no less a luminary than Deepak Vindaloo--the world-renowned botanist and author of Conversations with Plants--publicly launched a full-scale broadside against me at last year's BotanyCon, asserting with an admixture of astonishment and contempt that I didn't know the difference between a stipule and a node (which to me was a moot point, since most plants with trilacunar nodes have stipules); but I got my revenge on him later that evening, by planting a peyote button in his tandoori chicken.

(by saintdufus)



Climbing up the main mast with its rope holds on either side brought to mind the stipulate leaf samples that Captain Grimm had collected just that morning as the ship’s amateur botanist, but his daydream’s relevance became moot as his gaze turned to the crippled ship across the way and he bellowed down to his crew, “Another broadside with that admixture of cannonballs, shot, nails, chains, and assorted silverware, and we’ll carry their riggin’ clean away!”.

(by wordgirl)



Having climbed the beanstalk it went right out of Jack's mind that its leaves were stipulate, for on reaching the top he received from the giant a broadside - a veritable volley of invective and abuse, and certainly no admixture of courteous welcome and pleasantries; and it remains to this day a moot point as to whether all previous cold callers had met with such discourtesy.
(by Et Seqq)


After my young son picked and admixed several colorful dead leaves for his science class, he was unexpectedly slammed by a derisive broadside from an angry teacher because “the leafstalks had stipulated”, but junior would not be cowed and he fired back that “anything beside the beautiful colors was moot in the present discussion”.

(by Sami)


"'Tis a moot point, lass; yer young yet, and far too naive to go out into the world, barely stipulate against the ways in which it'll try to broadside ya at every turn...'s too soon for ya to admix with the wealthier bein's of society; they'd rip ye apart."

(by madamimadam)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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