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:


In his mind’s eye, Malroy saw himself lying on the morgue examining table with a toe tag on his foot and his bloody scalp a mimesis of a swage block pattern, a skosh distorted because of his caved-in skull and protruding brain matter; however, he was able to find and subdue the muscular blacksmith with relative ease, and they arrived at the jail booking area without the ruck of curious onlookers and reporters which usually greeted the arrival of a suspected murderer (and Malroy said quietly to himself, “so quiet, and no crows”).

(by wordgirl)


As the swirling crows alighted en masse (or "en murder") on one of the gables, in the Inspector's mind a complex theory of the crime began to emerge from the ruck of confusing facts: The smithy's son and heir to his practice had remained on the neglected estate as a self-appointed caretaker while he pursued his craft, but he was recently threatened with eviction by the property management company, a circumstance which might give him a motive for murder; a theory which would be borne out only if the Inspector could locate a swage with the son's DNA in complete mimesis with DNA on the fabricated Roman dagger--even a skosh variation would kill the case. (by mtc)


Detective Inspector Malroy had driven out to the Gothic mansion, wishing he’d thought to put a skosh of brandy in his coffee, but inspired by the forensics report which had declared the murder weapon to be a recently made hand-wrought copy of a Roman dagger, which had brought to mind his grandfather’s stories of the smithy on the estate where he had been born and the family of master craftsmen who had created and repaired the wrought iron for the gates, the ornaments for the house, and the gardening and farming tools used by his own kinsfolk, with a side business in mimesis of fine ancient blades -- hoping that the swage blocks still stored in the old building would give him a clue, and he caught himself pondering, “How many crows do you need for a murder” when a ruck of the feathered creatures passed overhead.

(by wordgirl)


"Celesto's cool and serene composition in sheet metal, 'Mimesis of Sea and Sky,' evokes the seamless unity of the elements," one critic wrote, "and as the artist intended, the sculpture reveals not a skosh of its origins in the forge; of the Oxyacetylene torches which heated the reluctant metal; of the swages which bent its broad expanses; of the helve hammers which formed its rucks and ripples; of the sculptor who sweated and heaved." (by mtc)
The Quandary for Saturday, January 04, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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