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:


“Mea culpa” should be his byword

If “forgive me” would ever be heard;

A gadabout and a playboy

With women’s affections he does toy;

Endowed with legendary brawn

From which his machismo is drawn,

But deep blue eyes do not disguise        

The guile, the wile, the full-grown child,

Who hibernaculum in pocket stashes

While to the guard, some bills he flashes.


(by wordgirl)


Lance began his apology by saying, “I offer this mea culpa to the board of the natural history museum, for my younger years when I was quite the gadabout, often using my brawn instead of my brain in an attempt to impress the ladies, which is why I was the one responsible for breaking open the hibernaculum of the rarest butterfly in the collection.”

(by wordgirl)


Pilloried by historians as "military adventurers, mere gadabouts flexing the national brawn" after starting two bloody and unnecessary wars, the "W" era neocons have temporarily retreated into a hibernaculum from which they can be expected to emerge as they entered, moronic, without mea culpa, swords in hand. (by mtc)
The Quandary for Saturday, December 28, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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