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Combine the following groups of sentences into single sentences with multiple clauses. For example:
- The mastodon was furious.
- The mastodon's bicycle had been buried in the compost pile.
Combined sentence: The mastodon, whose bicycle had been buried in the compost pile, was furious.
- The pleasantly argumentative tour guide avoided the flock of confused ducks.
- The ducks were trying to pick the coffee beans out of the coal scuttle.
- Rupert plied the recalcitrant postman with questions.
- Most of the questions dealt with the expanding universe.
- The starboard nacelle had been infested with tribbles.
- The fluffy coats of the tribbles could be knitted into excellent bicycle seats.
- The function returned a strange value.
- The value appeared to be unrelated to the parameters passed.
- The value was, however, a function of parameters passed in the subsequent three calls to the function.
- The chef was unable to wrest the spatula from the unintelligible Mancunian.
- The Mancunian's Dachshund bore a rhinestone howdah on its back.
- The howdah was occupied by two inimical chipmunks.