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:


Perceiving the defendant's odd od, the expert witness, a clairvoyant, declared that this man should be shown no clemency by the court, for the defendant's energy field betrayed the hallmarks of a serial murderer; and, as if he could hear the screams of the defendant's seven wives, the clairvoyant offered the mot juste to describe this guilty man: "bluebeard."

(by Rudi)


The bluebeard possessed such od that woman after woman would be inexplicably drawn to him - even some fully aware of his history and their likely fate; so when the judge demanded a reason for the ladies' attraction and also his motivation, before any clemency would be considered for the crime of serial murders, he replied with the mot juste: "lust." (by Shortscribe)


"I admit I have behaved somewhat like a - a - like a Bluebeard," stammered the prisoner, who seemed to be searching for the mot juste that could miraculously save his life, "but I do beseech this court's clemency, for I feel that on each of those awful occasions I was acting under the influence of a grievous perturbation in the universal od which made my moral compass spin like a pinwheel -- and what could have been the cause of that if not the saucy, insolent and provoking ways of the ladies themselves?" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Monday, August 19, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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