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:


Hapax Legomenon--the self-styled "superhero" whose power was that he could instantly spot any word that occurred but once in a given text--raced swiftly across the sodden coastal plain (lately made irriguous by the ocean's groundswell), toward the lighthouse in the distance, on a feat of derring-do involving an evil linguist, a ticking time-bomb, and a thousand-page tome titled The Code-Word for Defusing The Time-Bomb is the Word Which Occurs Only Once in This Ridiculously Large Book.


(by saintdufus)


Masa Abe, in a feat of engineering derring-do was able to route the groundswell from the tidal wave to the parched farms, allowing them to be irriguous for a long time, but not wanting to alarm the villagers regarding their proximity to a natural disaster, he was careful about what he said in public and the word “tsunami” was buried deep in the official report as its hapax legomenon.

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 14, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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