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:


Dr. Cleetus Vosberg von Lazenby leaned o'er his desk in a somber, almost dolorous attitude, deep in the throes of fervid cerebration, his pince-nez perched on the tip of his bulbous schnozz like some carrion-bird on the o'erhanging branch of a gnarled oak, leafing with great cathecture through the apparently endless pages of an enormous tome which lay open before him (none other than the fabled Marquis of Snozbury Rules, a magical grimoire which [it was said] contained the answer to e'ery question, and the solution to e'ery problem) until at last he found, in Book 12, Chapter 74, Section 57, Paragraph 31, Line 623 (page 4,925), the answer to the question which had plagued him all his life: "If a horse and a man--one eating chocolate and the other peanut-butter--collided with one another at high speed, would the result be a) Reese's Peanut-Butter Cups, or b) a centaur?"


(by saintdufus)



Aging activist Poppy Bubelrap, with her pince-nez perched firmly in place so that she could see to read from the short script clutched tightly in her hand, over which she had cerebrated for countless hours in order to convey the true depth of her feelings, spoke in a dolorous tone – a dirge without music,  offering a eulogy to the death of her pet project for which she had cathected so much, and wondered out loud how, after so many successes, no funding could be found for her return to the cloud forests of northern South America to continue her efforts to save the mountain tapir.


(by wordgirl)



After my dolorous dismissal, I cerebrated extensively on my tonsorial foolishness and cathected my friends on the faculty with my passion for organic chemistry, until the jury finally agreed to give me a second chance but on the appointed date, I could not resist and I blew it again by sporting a colorful pince-nez in the shape of an olympicene, my favorite hydrocarbon.  

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, August 02, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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