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 program has been running well for a whole b'ak'tun but someone introduced an impolitic virus called human and now the planet is retaining so much heat I am afraid all species are going to die except for the desert-friendly xerophytes" worried Mayan God #1, when an annoyed Mayan God #2 counterblasted, "Have you ever heard of restart?"

(by QuaQua)



When we look back over the b’ak’tun (which will end tomorrow), we will see that the Mayan world has been transformed from a tropical paradise into a barren wasteland with sparse xerophytic vegetation due to the handiwork of man, and any impolitic remarks about the non-existence of climate change will be met with a counterblast of public health statements touting our impending gloom and doom.

(by wordgirl)


We here at the Botany Club are delighted to receive your proposal, for after the last speaker's impolitic remarks regarding his disaffection for petunias (and counterblasts by certain of our garlanded members), our lecture series has all but dried up—it's been a b'ak'tun since any speaker has dared take the stage—and so, in this arid climate, I have no doubt that your talk on xerophytes will be warmly welcomed.

(by Rudi)


"You are a real prick, like a cactus, a xerophyte who thrives in an arid environment" was my wife's impolitic resignation email to her boss on the eve of the new b'ak'tun, but on the next day, there was no end of the world and no cosmic counterblast and she emailed again to apologize, with the lie that our ten-year old had hacked into her desktop and emailed "childish though amusing messages" to her entire list of contacts. (by Sami)


On one hand, her support of climate change theory, which predicted a world left devoid of people, animals, and most plants except a few hardy trees and other xerophytes capable of living in a barren and nearly lifeless world, yet on the other hand, her complete rejection of the dire predictions based upon the end of the b'ak'tun, which offended a belief many new agers held true and dear, unleashed a public counterblast, with loud aspersions labeling her inconsistent, impolitic, and dangerously untrustworthy.

(by bloviator)


If, before I tear out your heart, we really must waste precious time contesting the legitimacy of our respective eschatological beliefs, you may care to observe, close by those xerophytic opuntiae over there, a sand-blown Mayan inscription proclaiming that the fourth world will reach the end of its 13th b'ak' tun tomorrow, 21st December 2012; after which date it might well prove impolitic to require from you a telling counterblast, or from me any further riposte, for that matter.

(by Bud Myte)


The b'ak'tun era during which the xerophytes flourished in the scorching sun saw the meteoric rise of an impolitic and maladroit "Mesan" kingdom whose counterblast to any muted soul which attempted resistance against the bestial despotism was "We are the god class of people and another one of you down will merely cleanse our race".

(by diveeee)
The Quandary for Thursday, December 20, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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