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:



In our materialist society, our iPods and the often saccharine music we play on them lull us into a false sense of comfort like a sort of virtual berceuse with its soothing 6/8 cadence matching our steps up and down and around the Penrose stairs, as if our consumerism were not an escape from the bitter reality and consequences of our fruitless peonage to greed and of our shameless mammonism.

(by Shortscribe)


Surrounded by the saccharine, sycophants of my station, surrounded by the priceless artifacts of my grasping avarice, I am alone, dying, and will miss none of these surroundings, but there is something I miss now, something I had forgotten–a memory--my mother sitting at the side of my bed, singing softly an old berceuse, and too clearly, and too late, I see my lifetime of mammonist pursuits have been as Penrose stairs, leading nowhere.

(by fdrisc)


After a lifetime of mammonism, old Brissolm felt he was rich enough to allow himself a great luxury:  the construction of a set of Penrose stairs around the perimeter of his bedchamber, so that throughout the night as he lay dozing he might be encircled by a whole chapter of Benedictine monks, endlessly trudging upward without ever escaping his orbit, and all the while chanting a saccharine berceuse of his own composition.  (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 02, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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