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 glowing, xanthic, vesuvian flow crept down the mountain toward the town, and, when the mayor’s plan to stem the steaming stream with sandbags was approved despite my animadversion, I sandbagged the mayor, congratulated him on his fine plan, and invited him with us to the rim where I soundly sandbagged him again with a real bag of sand and fled the fields of fire with my family.

(by fdrisc)


"Honey, I thought you meant sandbag", I protested soundly to my girlfriend while holding the ziploc full of the xanthic sand which I had amorously collected on the beach in Fiji, but it was a fine handbag which she had requested in a text message and she now rolled on the floor screaming and throwing her mobile phone against the wall in a brutal animadversion of all autocorrect features in the whole world.

(by Sami)


He began by pretending it was all beyond his comprehension as the guests visited his newly remodeled home, then soundly yet subtly criticized the changes as worse than the original, but after the tenth person asked why anyone would paint a wall that ugly shade of yellow, he could not restrain himself or continue his plan to sandbag strategically; instead, he blurted out, "cease your animadversions forthwith - you abecedarians cannot appreciate the aesthetic genius of my xanthic choices!" (by Shortscribe)


"Listen up, Lieutenant, you measly xanthic-livered pipsqueak, if there are any further manifestations of your animadversion to my command -- or to my choice of words, which you seem to find AMUSING -- you will find I have it within my power to sandbag your career so soundly you'll be lucky to survive a second go-round in boot camp!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Thursday, June 13, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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