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 kept misplacing things and my mother kept saying that if I cleaned up my bedroom I’d be able to find them, but I ignored her nagging -- even after a huge pigeon flew into my room via the open window and decided she had found a nesting paradise among the floordrobe, with nearby noshing from all the scattered plates and pizza boxes with leftover bits of food clinging to them, and despite the clutter I thought I could always find her amidst the piled earth tones because of her brilliant scarlet patagia – except for the day I couldn’t and nearly crushed the whole clutch of newly laid eggs, after which my mom grinned and shouted, “Touche!”.

(by wordgirl)



In Friedhelm H. Blöbel's novel The Lyin', the Bitch, and the Floordrobe (which won the Trudy Mae Fufkin award for Derivative Fiction in 1997), a grimy little obnoxious schoolboy named Edwin Tretcher, while noshing on a suspicious-looking floor-trail of Turkish Delight, stumbles upon a secret portal into the fantastic realm of Hernia, where he meets a satyr with a bat-like patagium and foolishly challenges the beast to a sword-fight: "En garde, ye freakish abortion!" cries the smudge-faced cretin lustily--whereupon Mr. Crumnus runs the boy through with a +3 Longsword of Child Vanquishing, and then retorts, "Touche."

(by saintdufus)


 One fine evening last April I was sitting in my bedroom noshing on a platterful of hot buttered crumpets ( as is my wont) when with a cry of ‘Touche!'  Fezzik the fantastic  flying  talking squirrel  stretched out his patagia, leaped from the oak tree; glided through the open window and landed with inimitable grace upon the floordrobe of my bedroom, causing my clothes to erupt  ceiling-wards then tumble down in a glorious cascade of multifarious colour, thus earning himself one hundred points for skill, and my ire for interrupting my meal and ruining  my meticulously and artistically arranged garments.

(by Queen of East Pond)


David, instead of waiting for supper ('Touche.' said Mom after David pointed out that, with her chronic under-and-overcooking, there was never enough food for everyone anyways), noshed on canapes, sitting on a smelly stuffed bear, and smirking at how the floordrobe of scattered T-shirts, tank tops, and pants formed two motley patagiums, making the grizzley look like a carnivorous giant flying squirrel, 

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Friday, April 27, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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