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:


She was a redoubtable hostess who made everyone feel welcome, but upon returning to the dining room with candles and matches in hand, she uttered a malison when the guest turned to face her, a teratoid creature with chocolate crumbs clinging to his lips and chin, as he asked one of those wife-beating questions, “When you said to make ourselves at home, you really meant it, didn’t you?”.

(by wordgirl)


“Have you stopped asking wife-beating questions?” said the redoubtable judicial scholar to the embattled district attorney, who responded with a teratoid glare and an unrepeatable malison.

(by Rudi)


With the rising trend toward gender equalization, the old wife-beating question was adapted as "are you still beating your spouse?" and then, with the rise of unmarried couples, it became "are you still beating your partner?", and later, with the decline in domestic violence, it changed again to the less redoubtable "are you still hurling malisons at your partner?" and finally, with single-parent households, it settled as "are you still hurling malisons at your teratoid alter ego?" (by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 27, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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