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:



James Fitzroy (Roy) Abercrombie III was a protean individual – a man of many faces: a wealthy playboy who could splurge on cars, yachts, and women, a former sports star in both basketball and baseball, a humanitarian who visited many third world countries to bring health care to the impoverished -- but his hamartia was being portrayed by the fourth estate as someone who was usually drunk, naked in public, or involved in all sorts of silly pranks.

(by wordgirl)


The main hamartia¬†in Erminione's early retirement at her country ch√Ęteau was its oppressive isolation and she decided to sell it and to splurge on a new property closer to town, which she whimsically christened 'The Fourth Estate', a protean choice with a double meaning, given that it was her fourth house and that she was the wealthy heiress to a large newspaper and publishing fortune. (by Sami)


He was a stalwart of the fourth estate, protean in his talents, equally adept in the roles of reporter, editor, and publisher, but he was bankrupted by his hamartia: a tendency to splurge on whatever home or car seemed just beyond his means.

(by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 02, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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