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:


Total obedience—a willingness to perform self-immolation on command—is the hallmark of a running dog: his freedom need not be wrested from him, as he eagerly surrenders it to the master he chases.

(by Rudi)



Khan was a cruel warlord whose hallmark was to wrest power by coercing other leaders’ running dogs into giving him information about his enemies’ weaknesses, and then taking sadistic pleasure in immolating the snitches after he had overthrown their masters.

(by wordgirl)


Albert Wentworth Leighton Ford, mid-level manager, working in the bowls of a towering glass and concrete edifice, hours from his small, lonely home, and running dog of every upward bound wunderkind, bore his BlackBerry as a hallmark of his mediocrity; but nightly he would wrest that sad mantle from his psyche, and in his dreams, ruler of an immolated world, would stand upon the molten glass and slag of his domain, the crushed bones of his foes below him-he was not a pleasant lunch-mate.

(by fdrisc)


Our firm was searching for an executive assistant and I received a resume and cover letter from a Mr. Shaim Leslie Obsekius who described his last position as "Running Dog to the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company" and then added under 'Hallmark Achievements': "Nearly immolated myself during clash between CEO and a disgruntled shareholder" and "Wrested new stock options for CEO from Compensation Committee, using finely calibrated mix of cajoling, bullying and intimidation." (by Sami)


"Oh, sure", hissed the courtesan as the priest wrested his arm out of her grasp, "leave me shivering in this cold bed so you can stoke the bishop's fireplace, obedient running dog that you are, and while you're at it, why not really impress him by throwing yourself in and immolating yourself, since self-sacrifice seems to be the hallmark of your faith?" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Tuesday, March 26, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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