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:



King Richard the Lion Heart stepped out into the twilight sans his usual chainmail protective covering to take a look at the castle construction project and was mortally wounded by an arrow from an arbalest, and even more surprising, the gascon assassin who came forward was not a beefy warrior but a mere boy, leading to dubitation about the shooter’s identity and forcing the youth to conciliate the gathered crowd by explaining his motive – to avenge the killing of his father and brothers by the king’s guards, who took this news rather poorly, and led the youngster away to be executed, despite a pardon from the lips of the dying monarch.

(by wordgirl)


None of us had ever touched, let alone shot, an arbalest and our Olympics sponsor was filled with dubitation that our team deserved his support until the joker William Tell, easily the biggest gascon amongst us, stepped forward and conciliated on our behalf by promising to hit an apple on his son’s head from two hundred feet away.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Friday, January 27, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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