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:


Gregor was a successful tractator for the textile guild in Bremen, regularly supplying the merchants with a foison of silks and other fine fabrics from the East, but he lost a lucrative contract for a new weaving contraption he brought back from China after the Rube Goldberg apparatus fell apart when he experienced an alarmingly loud bout of borborygmus during a sales presentation.

(by wordgirl)


Newton pressed the large red button marked "ON" and stood back slack-jawed as the improbable-looking Rube Goldberg contraption the tractator deposited on his doorstep abruptly sprang to life with considerable foison: levers lifted, gears turned, spindles spun, and sluiceways opened to the accompaniment of creaks, whirrs, clicks, pops, gurgles and borborygmus sounds, all of which activity culminated in a single licked postage stamp. (by mtc)


Although moving the millions of turkeys to their correct destinations across the country was an impossibly complex logistical proposition, our fearless tractator had shouldered this Rube Goldberg challenge with much gusto and foison and had promised to return our funds as early as Black Friday, but, on his fourth helping of pecan pie on Thanksgiving Day, he succumbed to a fatal borborygmus and we never saw our money again. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, November 28, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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