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:


Jeremiah was so true to his name that he couldn’t seem to enjoy anything – even beer tasting with his friends, where he complained about the aroma, the flavor, the temperature, the yeast that was used to sparge the brew, the surfeit of bubbles creating the head, and the mucro on the handle of his stein that kept poking his cheek.

(by wordgirl)


A pollyanna once sought to marry a jeremiah, believing naively that she could alter his gloomy disposition by sparging him with a surfeit of kind words and gestures, but the curmudgeon would not be placated and he punctured her optimism as easily and terminally as a leaf mucro with a toddler's soap bubble floating up into the trees. (by Sami)


When his mother sparged the tub water, young Jeremiah seemed displeased by the surfeit of bubbles, and when she gave him a seashell, he flinched as if its mucro would pierce his skin, leading mum to fear that her "jeremiah" might be evidence of Nominative Determinism.

(by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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