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:


The three brothers Jetsam, Flotsam, and Lagan had the good fortune of neoteny — they remained wakerife into old age, kept up their jolly commensal meals, and helped each other stay young at heart — but when they took their perilous trip to the beach one summer day — Jetsam with his love of the shore, Flotsam with his craze for swimming, and Lagan with his preference for deep diving — they could not keep together, and sadly they each met a separate fate.

(by Rudi)



As the sea-going fortune hunters sat down to a commensal meal while their neotenous first mate kept watch, wakerife with a thermos of hot coffee and the bracing sea air nipping at his nose, they awaited a signal that he had spied the blood-red buoy moored above the lagan left behind so many months ago – their pirate treasure.

(by wordgirl)


The well-slept and able-bodied wakerife men, whose neotenous faces and lanky bodies belied these seasoned veterans of the sea, pulled the lagan crab cages from the water in preparation for their commensal feast later that day.

(by bloviator)


Liposucked and primped to a neotenous sheen, the assembled ladies, wakerife only in botoxed after-shock, embarked upon their commensal fare with some  listless prodding of the teabags which, air soon exhausted, now sank lagan, only limp flotsam tags betraying their lurking occupation of the cups.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Monday, December 17, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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