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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In morphean drawl, through old, wizened lips, the philosopher delivered a lecture that was faster acting than Ambien, except for those few unsettled listeners who heard within it a fracas of contradictory conjectures.

(by Rudi)


He opened his eyes slowly and squinted at the light, then grimaced as he tried to shake off the morphean effects of – what?; he could only conjecture that a soporific had been added to his glass of the wine shared with his father in a meeting that had been proposed as conciliatory, but what sort of fracas had ensued, and why was the wizened body of the old man lying nearly naked next to him on the floor, with a letter opener protruding from the blood soaked tatters of his shirt?

(by wordgirl)


No sooner had I imbibed that morphean draught than I found myself waking in another world, which I conjectured to be the realm of dreams; and there upon a green mound before me sat a wizened old white-bearded man in a blue hooded cloak, puffing softly at a long-stemmed pipe as he gazed across a nearby river; and following his gaze I spied upon the far bank a riotous brawl between several angry dwarves, a real knock-down fracas; and the old wizard turned to me and explained, "They made the mistake of wading through the River of Suspicion there a few moments ago, and now each believes the others are trying to steal his loot."


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 06, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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