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:


With the necessary assistance of his dutiful page, Sir Lancelot ("Prancelot" to his fellow knights), a model of chivalric comportment, laboriously prepared for battle with the inimical Saracens by encasing himself in successive layers of armor like (anachronistically) a Russian Nesting Doll, or perhaps an iron onion: first, he slipped into a second skin of chainmaille; next, he strapped an iron plastron over his stout but vulnerable chest, and for good measure overlay the plastron with an iron hauberk emblazoned with the catchy motto, "CARPE DIEM;" then, in order, he piled on besegues, pauldrons, a lance rest, counter, vambrace, taste, poleyns, a cuisse, greaves, and sebatons; finally, he donned a hefty iron helmet (skull, visor, sight, breaths, gorget) and iron gauntlets to protect the knightly head and hands; adding in the whole layered ferric process --lance, broadsword, dagger, shield, tunic, and belt excluded--sixty ponderous pounds which sacrificed ease of movement for the illusion of invulnerability, and which did not prevent the random arrow in the eye. (by mtc)


Carpe diem, for the tide is out, the moon is full, and plastrons can glide smoothly over damp sand, as the mother sea turtles comport themselves with great diligence to the task at hand of digging and laying their eggs, but they can do little to guard against waves, weather, and predators -- those things which are inimical to the hatching and survival of baby sea turtles.

(by wordgirl)


The Lokayukta - Indian federal anti-corruption cell - was watchfully, purposefully and strategically disbanded publicly, save a handful clandestine sleuths, at which point, all the corrupt politicians had a carpe diem with unfettered bribes and unruly favours for many months; all of them were quite easily apprehended when the cell was resurrected according to plan half a year later thus filtering out only a few leaders who had been comporting themselves as always, their honesty and righteousness serving as an effective plastron against the inimical lure of ill gotten gains.

(by akshayats)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 09, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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