Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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One of the highlights of my career as a food taster came at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, where we sat in the shade holding tiny plates piled high with colorful toothpicks placed orthogonally into tidbits of culinary masterworks, which might have been perceived as much of a muchness since they were all prepared from the stinking rose, but we found them to be much to the contrary, and as I made a gambit to begin discussing our decisions, I noticed that one of the other judges, Nigel B. Goodstuff from nearby Hollister, who had sunken into a reverie while viewing, sniffing, tasting, and mouthing the succulent morsels, was now hypnagogic from the sensual experience of so much garlicky goodness, leaving me no choice but to poke his portly paunch with the tiny skewer in my hand in order to wake him up.

(by wordgirl)


For my opening gambit, I pointed out that the twins, Perfecto and Defecto Alizondo, were much of a muchness, virtually indistinguishable except for one key feature: Defecto possessed an extra finger (for a total of eleven), and this freakish digit sprouted not from his hand but from his neck, jutting outward orthogonally from the area near the base of the throat, just above the left collarbone (it was said that as Defecto drifted off to sleep at night, just as he was passing through the hypnagogic state, the finger would at times wag itself faintly, gently tickling Defecto's neck, so that the drowsing shepherd suddenly started back awake again; and in this bizarre manner the supernumerary finger gradually asserted its unholy dominance over Defecto).


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Sunday, May 20, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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