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:


But Obamacare could be said to be a rather procrustes policy, because it mandatorily requires that all citizens purchase a for-profit insurance product while not assuring that specific health care needs of individual policyholders will actually be met, herding America's struggling ill population in a transhumance to an even less verdant pasture to suffer and die: really, a zero-sum game favoring the new law's real beneficiaries, the health insurance companies, all the while trying to disguise this old tune of capitalism, this time accompanied by the guitar or violin, rather than the psaltery or zither, as if we will not notice.

(by bloviator)


"This is not a zero-sum game", said Moses strumming his psaltery and remembering the idolaters worship of the golden calf; "only we can lose, and, though they call me procrustes for my obdurate obedience of God’s commandments, He is our Shepard on this great physical and metaphysical transhmance, and now I fear I will never reach His promised pasture".

(by fdrisc)


Unfortunately our tour guide was a procrustes who viewed his job as some kind of dreary transhumance, a zero-sum game in which individual pleasures taken by members of the touring herd must directly subract from his own peace of mind, and so I made sure to subtract greatly from that peace by playing the psaltery--delightful instrument!--as much as I could. (by Rudi)


"You may call me a procrustes, but there is no room for any black sheep in MY flock," bellowed the preacher, as his lumpy, middle-aged daughter plucked out a dismal tune on the psaltery, "for God has entrusted me with the transhumance of your souls from one pasture of righteousness to the next, and He is playing a zero-sum game with the Devil, who lurks in the dark, narrow passes in between, ready to snatch any bold little lamb who catches his eye!" (by Gravely)
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