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:



Friar Frank finally found time to visit Freddie the Furrier whose fierce fights with his wife Fiona had become the town’s nightly brouhaha, but, upon entering their home, Frank was felled by a flying frying pan; head injuries having often aleatory endings, Frank did not lose his mind but gained a prescient knowledge of the end of times that he related only in verse, and the followers of this new holy vates chose as an emblem of their faith a giant Earth roasting in a giant frying pan. 

(by fdrisc)


When my fiancee won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, she ignored my idea that these things are largely aleatory and, having convinced herself that she was the grand vates of our times, she had a large emblem of the award tattooed on her forehead, a gesture of cosmetic insanity which left me no choice but to leave her and which caused an endless brouhaha among our families and friends. (by Sami)


Laurence Pi, whom new-music nerds had dubbed a vates of aleatoric composition, caused a big brouhaha when he announced, on as many radio stations as he could, the idea for his new project: pieces whose construction was dictated by the flapping of different countries' flags, which he planned to perform for the leaders of these countries; although nobody questioned the quality of the work, many considered it disrespectful to the nations' emblems.

(by Elijah Shiffer)


"All of our vates must prominently display this emblem depicting the Muses to prove they have successfully completed an officially accredited course of poetic instruction," explained the Minister of Culture, "because it would provoke quite a brouhaha down at the Ministry if some boob who had lately discovered an aleatory knack for versifying were permitted to spout his doggerel freely in the public square!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 27, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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