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:



Plans were underway in the shuttered but once elegant old church, with its elaborate gilded wood carvings of saints crowding the sanctuary and damask cushions in the pews, for a clandestine reading from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, the demiurge of a world inhabited with the likes of hobbits, elves, and orcs -- banned because of its origins in “the West”, like rock and roll or blue jeans -- which would transport the listeners to a place far, far away from the reality of living behind the Iron Curtain created under the U.S.S.R.; therefore, participants would pay almost any price to attend, and entrepreneurs on the black market were quite willing to shylock the price of admission to this once in a lifetime event.

(by wordgirl)


As the demiurge of the planet Frenemy, I was disappointed to observe three things: a) an iron curtain had descended across the region known as Fraggle Rock, ushering in a totalitarian era of censorship, secrecy, and isolation; 2) the practice of "shylocking" had spread like wildfire across the Upper Veldt, with interest rates skyrocketing into the blogosphere; and d) I couldn't figure out a way to use damask in a sentence (I'm not complaining, though: these are all typical world-ruling problems, and I signed on for all of 'em when I made the choice to become a Mormon).


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 24, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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