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:



After the family members who had lingered to play cards following supper were discomfited by the hotel manager’s tales of fan death during the hot and humid summer months in Seoul (although this may have been a ploy to urge the guests to use less electricity), we were amazed when Uncle Rupert, who was often ridiculed behind his back by many of us for his chelonian slow responses, had a knee-jerk reaction to this information and rushed upstairs to rescue Auntie Gert.


(by wordgirl)


Infant Krishna, fully aware of Kamsa's knee jerk reaction to the prediction that Krishna would grow up to kill him, discomfited Kamsa's plan to subject the baby to fan death by shape-shifting into a turtle, the thick Chelonian shell thus protecting him from the evil thwarts of the fanning maid, besides freaking her out completely.

(by QuaQua)


The night the Chelonian appeared in my bedroom holding that electric fan, I was at a loss to decide which was the more horrifying: the fact that giant turtle-men apparently existed, and one of them stood in my midst at this very moment; or the fact that the creature clearly intended for me to suffer "fan death" by turning on the appliance as I slept (my knee-jerk reaction was to rush the squamous bastard right then and there: maybe body-slam his turtle-ass and send him sprawling helplessly backward onto his shell, thus discomfiting him and buying me time to dart out the door and run for help; but instead--curse my politeness!--I made the fatal blunder of asking him to join me in a bowl of turtle soup--an egregious faux pas which brought his full chelonian wrath thundering justly down upon my ill-mannered pate).


(by saintdufus)


Mr. Park decided that he could not sleep in the bedroom because he feared fan death, while his wife insisted the electric fan stay on; sleeping in the garden was not an option, though, because of his knee-jerk aversion to turtles; and thus he found himself with the discomfiting choice between killer oscillating fans and the possibility of scary armored chelonians wandering into the garden. (by Winter Maiden)


The rookie detective scratched his chelonian neck thoughtfully as he gazed at the corpses lying on the floor, wondering if his senior officer's knee-jerk reaction of scorn at his suggestion that they had suffered a fan death had been intended to discomfit him and test his strength of character.

(by Queen of East Pond)


He could tell something ridiculous and at once sinister, something Steven Kingish, like fan death, was looming, and felt very discomfited, but he tried to brush off the initial knee-jerk urge to escape and pressed on, even if with chelonian swiftness.

(by rochi)


The discomfited manager of Kolkata Aquarium Museum, facing the gathered family members of the young chelonian keeper who was found dead in his quarters, tried to pacify the crowd, mentioning a ‘fan death’ possibility, but the  knee jerk reactions from the suspicious family members was that it was a nonsense defense.

(by jayved)
The Quandary for Tuesday, March 27, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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