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 dictator was in dark dudgeon, his howling hubris debarked by his defeat; the general, reluctant director, not designer, of the omnishambles defense, stood mute; memories of the battlefield haunted him, and then, one image welling up, a gruesome barely recognizable human torso, the unmarred angelic face of a boy-no-more attached; de profundis, tears once more filled the salted gullies of his cragged face.

(by fdrisc)


The Countess was enjoying a sunny boat trip on the lake in the company of her male yorkshire who was barking at everyone, but a fine day turned into omnishambles after the captain announced that we would "make a stop to debark some unwanted cargo off the boat" and a rogue passenger hurled the hapless puppy overboard and into the waters, with the red-faced Countess now in high dudgeon, screaming and screeching de profundis, until the furry little creature was rescued by the crew.

(by Sami)


I started the year off on a high note, confident that congress would rid us of the undemocratic filibuster that causes the minority Republicans to preemptively bludgeon the slightest whiff of a budget bill from the majority Democrats in the Senate, and then in stratospheric hypocrisy, feign high dudgeon that the Democrats are at fault for being debarked, when a growl of a bill would immediately be blocked - never mind a bark; now, as you can imagine, the omnishambles released on the nation by Republicans' continued license to veto investment in our youth - let alone attempts to lower the debt - leaves me feeling de profundis. (by Shortscribe)


The prime minister had scarcely debarked at Southampton before the news began to reach him, of what an omnishambles his government had fallen into during his absence, and his mood, on the trip by coach to London, alternated between the extremes of high dudgeon and a cold fury that welled up de profundis.  (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Friday, May 31, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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