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:


Inspector Lestrade shook his head and wondered how a body could still be nomothermic several hours after death, why the purported suicide note was written on a palimpsest -- a scrap of Egyptian papyrus, judging by the little figures left in one corner, and how this man could have been hung – or strangled – with a silk necktie during daylight hours in a haberdashery known as a relict from the Victorian Age, and often crowded with tourists.

(by wordgirl)


With the normothermic reserve of a monk, the haberdasher gazed calmly down the abandoned street, a palimpsest of greasy-sheened cobblestones, his establishment a relict of a time when gentlemen flocked to this neighborhood to procure their accouterments, and he silently awaited the next customer, not at all sure if he would ever arrive. (by AndymAndym)


It had become de rigueur in environmental protection circles to go beyond bemoaning the loss of habitats to proposing viable solutions, so it was a real win-win for both the navy and environmentalists when a decision was made to scuttle a mothballed relic so that the deck of an old destroyer could become a palimpsest supporting new ocean life, but the linchpin of the operation was finding a way to pump the tanks dry before towing the ship to its final resting place, to obviate the risk of a fuel leak at some future time.

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Saturday, March 09, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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