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:


Mr. Wart, the make-up artist hired to fard the Emperor Barney for his participation in So You Think You Can Sing Opera, made it clear that this was not his forte when he made the Emperor look like a rhino with pimples, whereupon the Emperor demanded that Mr. Wart beg for his life or  be executed on the spot, but Mr. Wart, refusing to kowtow, said, "Nulla pœna sine lege!"; the Emperor, confused, asked his guards what this meant, only to receive shrugs--after further inquiries, Mr. Wart was released and a new law was established on the books: "Citizens will not use their make-up skills, or lack thereof, to make the Emperor look like any sort of zoo animal," but the Emperor, as of yet, has not had occasion to invoke the law.

(by The Word Pandas)



Francis regaled his queen with tales of his voyage to China -- which had included an audience with the emperor -- during their tryst before the knighthood ceremony, following which they were dressed in the finest silks and satins and farded royally, before being led into the hall where he knelt down and she approached him with the sword, but instead of bringing the blade down slowly to rest on his right shoulder, she suddenly shrieked in a fit of pique, “How dare you kowtow to someone other than your queen?”, completely disregarding any concept of nulla poena sine lege, and sliced across – using the razor sharp forte to full advantage, lopping off his head.

(by wordgirl)


I saw the accused running from the souvenier shop with over one hundred pocket constitutions stuffed into his pants and sleeves, his Ben Franklin wig askew and poor colonial-style makeup farded all over his face; he stopped when he saw the police and started yelling that he hadn’t done anything and had written them himself, and then repeating "nulla pœna sine lege" at higher and higher decibels, refusing to kowtow until well, I ran up and slugged him across the jaw, not only because he was upsetting my young Russian wife but also because I spent many of my formative years in Derbyshire, and I always wanted to see how I would've fared in the colonial war of independence with my forte in street brawling.

(by MrXerox)


His forte was intimidation, and whenever his wife refused to kowtow to his morose, rude commands, she had to fard over the bruises and cuts on her face afterwards; with years it became unnecessary even to rebel - he ignored the principle 'nulla poena sine lege' he was taught at Harvard (that was before Father had died and left the whole fortune to his numerous concubines) and brought up past instances as a pretext to vent his rage.

(by rochi)


"You farded, didn't you?" I said to the prosecuting attorney (you should have seen the look on her face when I said it, too; it was true though, she'd applied makeup only moments earlier)--anyway, it was that comment that gained me the upper hand in the trial, putting Marcia off her game and allowing me to sneak a nulla pœna sine lege defense under the proverbial radar (see, this is my forte as a defense attorney: conjuring obscure legal defenses out of thin air, then combining them with vague yet startling accusations involving homonyms--oh, and I don't kowtow to bigshot prosecutors like that Clark beeyotch).


(by saintdufus)
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