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:


As the autochthonous people of the plains became teetotalers, many settled down to farm the land, but the local ranchers and their lawyers wanted compensation for past losses and developed a way of using phrenology as a type of lie detector test for asking the wife-beating question, “When did you stop rustling our cattle?”.

(by wordgirl)


"Phrenology  answers all the most important questions," professor Zappa pontificated, his lazy eye focusing chameleon-like on the ceiling, his good eye on an attractive co-ed in the front row "such as whether we should stop beating our wives ('the wife-beating question,') whether we should  teetotal totally, and of course whether we should drink autochthonous wine."
(by mtc)


"Did you stop beating your wife before or after you started drinking?" (an improvement on the classic wife-beating question) , the clever prosecutor suggestively asked the teetotaling defendant on cross-examination, shrewdly judging by his phrenological profile that he lacked autochthonous restraint, and would explode on the stand, creating a negative impression with the jury.

(by mtc)
The Quandary for Sunday, October 27, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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