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:



Wilbur was a neatnik, and his wife was his antipode, and they quibbled incessantly about the increasingly shambolic appearance of the rooms inside their nondescript suburban housing tract abode with its tidy yard, until they were offered a rather large sum of money to appear on a new television show about hoarders.

(by wordgirl)


John Smith was a man as nondescript as his name, and the antipode of the circus performers for whom he worked as their bookkeeper, each day quibbling over the smallest expenditure on greasepaint and custard pies in his efforts to bring order to the circus's shambolic accounts system; but he had an ace up his sleeve: on his days off he would fulfill his secret fantasies by performing as "Coco the Stripping Clown" to wildly  cheering and shrieking audiences of elderly ladies from the local nursing home, who would show their appreciation by tossing their thermal vests onto the stage, and who would pay him extra to keep his underwear on.

(by Queen of East Pond)



Once I had opened my eyes and realized that I was awake and not trapped in a clothes dryer on the spin cycle, I felt my medical student friend Brad prod me with his boot and roar into my ear, “You’d better dig yourself out of that shambolic pile of clothes and shit because I already checked your pulse and you haven’t quite reached a state of quietus, and you’re normothermic, so I know you’re not sick, and we both need something esculent right now, but we can’t eat what you have here because I don’t think Mountain Dew and Cheetos are a balanced meal – or even real food.”

(by wordgirl)


"These esculents appear to be normothermic, Captain," said Spock calmly: and for the umpteenth time, Bones McCoy felt an almost irresistible urge to leap on the pointy-eared logical bastard and inflict a violent and vengeful quietus on his Vulcan ass (for Bones--while being a very nice guy--abhorred the logical, orderly, perfect universe Spock seemed to inhabit, preferring instead to shamble his way through a shambolic labyrinth of blustering emotion and "good old-fashioned country doctor passion"); but at the last moment he mastered himself, intoning the protective mantra "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a murderer."


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Saturday, March 10, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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