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:



I had never expected to succeed in bluffing my way into the mansion during a party by disguising myself as a celebrity, but with the hsien’s help, the butler was overawed by the arrival of Lily Tomlin at the door and ushered me inside, where I quickly slipped upstairs and liberated my purloined cockapoo, tucked her under my arm, and escaped just as I was spotted by the nefarious thieves, by leaping from a second-story window into the swimming pool, clutching my precious Puddles to my chest, maledictions chasing us on the summer breeze.

(by wordgirl)


"What kind of malediction have you cast on me, ruthless hsien?" the rotund little dictator yelled upwards, his glasses slipping ever closer to the end of his nose and his be-medaled uniform growing ever soggier; for you see, his bluffs and attempts to overawe the populace had failed miserably and completely, so that now even his military had joined the procession making its way toward his palace.

(by MrXerox)


Mr. Milquetoast, trying to ignore the wild tales he had heard of the guardian hsien of the castle, crossed the drawbridge with the intention of eating the Chocolate of Eternal Youth, but when a voice from the shadows thundered, "Who is eating the sacred Chocolate?", Mr. Milquetoast, completely overawed, cowered in fear and slowly began backing away; alas, it turned out that the spirit was only bluffing about its fearsomeness, for as Mr. Milquetoast took a step back he heard a crisp crunch from under his shoe, followed by a series of maledictions: lifting his foot he found a slightly squashed hsien, about two centimeters tall. (by The Word Pandas)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 21, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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