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 linchpin of Casey’s clean energy scheme for the bullet train project would utilize the energy generated by thousands of hamsters running in circles to overcome the stiction of the train’s wheels against the tracks as the engine began to move forward, but to develop his idea he needed to convince his scrooge of an uncle to shake loose some cash, and to do so would require just the right atmosphere for his presentation, so he invited his uncle to tea at the newly renovated Empress Hotel, and solicitously asked if he could be mother and pour before beginning his peroration.


(by wordgirl)


"The linchpin of the axle is no doubt impeding the wheel's stiction," said Lord Phardlebury, launching into yet another of his rambling automotive perorations (for scrooge though he may have been in things financial, Phardlebury was the whizziest of whizzes when it came to automobiles, and on more than one occasion I'd "been mother," pouring endless cups of tea for us both as he droned on and on, ad nauseum, about everything from carburetors to cup-holders, engines to exhaust pipes, ball bearings to bumpers); and so, after snapping him (hard) in his corpulent tuchus with a towel, I squatted down next to the ailing Studebaker and, pretending not to notice his look of shocked outrage, said, "Do go on, Your Lordship."


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Thursday, February 02, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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