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:


There were those who wanted an urban vacation and those who wanted a predial one, those who preferred a carefully planned itinerary and those who preferred to extemporize; being acephalous, the group had no one to break ties, and all hopes for a naturally emerging consensus were quickly subducted from the realm of possibility. (by Rudi)


As the siege of the fortress began, we realized rather quickly that we could not scale the walls, and soon found ourselves acephalous when our general took an arrow to the chest, but spying an old gate that must have been used for market days in the past, I decided to extemporize, and knowing that most of my fellow fighters were from a predial background – farmers, still armed mostly with hoes, scythes and the like – I raised my rake and shouted, ”We must subduct the military plan and move forward with the element of surprise; if we can’t go over the walls, we will go around them!”.

(by wordgirl)


The acephalous and unveteran predial crew, lacking leadership and experience, caused the tractor to subduct the plough mechanism, thus destroying both, and had to extemporize a hasty explanation when the farmer returned. 

(by wrmurp)
The Quandary for Monday, October 22, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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