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:


Peggy felt like a climate-change cassandra because, while she knew her geophysics, and while she was quick to point out how public officials misunderstood the same, she was not worldly-wise enough to prevail over the EPA ombudsmen who always stipulated that investigations and conclusions remain secret.

(by Rudi)


The village cassandra, whom we all ignored (despite the 97% prophetic accuracy rating Moody's had given her), stipulated that Hormsley Plempfish, one of the most worldly-wise men in the village, would die from a "volcanic eruption," which seemed ridiculous since the nearest volcano was more than 700 miles away; but when Homsley consumed one bowl too many of my Aunt Frudy's award-winning chili, his tuchus "erupted" with such astonishing force that the ombudsman was hurled forward into the path of an oncoming Smartcar--which stunned him long enough for a Prius to run over him (even then, he might have survived, had he not been hit by a succession of further vehicles, including a Vespa, two Volkswagens, a Gremlin, and finally a massive garbage truck, whereupon he gave up the ghost).

(by saintdufus)


King Louis could not believe what a Cassandra his royal financier had become, when less than a year ago he had seemed so worldly-wise with his suggestion that the king act as an ombudsman for all citizens, proposing that people compile books of complaints to be read and reviewed by his majesty in an attempt to improve their lot, but now he was predicting the end of the kingdom after the summer hail had beaten stipulate plant life and hoofed beasts to death and the winter freeze had stopped the water flow that should have ground the surviving grain harvest into flour for bread.

(by wordgirl)


One month into my new job as the NFL’s ombudsman, I slapped my forehead one morning when it suddenly struck me that there were no female football players in the franchise, a realization that led me to send an alarmed memo to the owners warning of a public relations disaster if they did not “start asap compiling their own binders full of women”, but the organization’s president wrote back that I was being a boorish Cassandra, adding that there were “no stipulations in the bylaws that we should be worldly-wise about every latest little fad of political correctness”.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 18, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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