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 failure of Floridians with exotic pets to recognize their capacity for wanton ecological havoc in the event that they escaped, as had happened countless times before, resembled prosopagnosia; it was enough to make a percipient observer of the state of the state's wildlife wax splenetic, though people not as ambidextrous in naming nature would not be able to tell an escaped clawed frog from a pig frog, an escaped seedcracker finch from a vermilion flycatcher- until the native kinds were gone.

(by Elijah Shiffer)


For years he toiled in the minors, a switch-hitter, ambidextrous even in the field but never quite good enough to make the show, until, later in his life he got his chance as a manager and there, a splenetic little man who seemed suddenly to develop prosopagnosia, unable to recognize the faces of even his closest minor league associates; we marveled at the transformation until a percipient Red-Sox wag shrugged it off to his turning to the dark-side, an evil-empire in New York.

(by fdrisc)


Ah, Tomàs--percipient enough to know that symmetry is the secret of a great massage, and duly equipped with strong, ambidextrous hands -- his splenetic attitude towards clients who stiff him on his tip is offset, thank God, by a touch of prosopagnosia, preventing him from recognizing me whenever I show up at his cabaña! (by Gravely)


Suffering from advanced prosopagnosia, I awoke every morning to find a woman in my bed whom I did not recognize but who claimed emphatically to be my wife, and as the day wore on, I could only confirm her identity by seeing and remembering that she was, among other things, quite percipient about my daily rituals, fearfully splenetic about local politics and strangely ambidextrous with the remote control. (by Sami)


In spite of succumbing to splenetic resources, this percipient, ingenious man when finding himself afflicted by that rare illness called prosopagnosia, learned to recognize faces using his hands, giving a whole new meaning to ambidexterity. (by PaideiaSofista)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 02, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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