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:

12

Petunia chose to expiate her many sins by doing as some early Church Fathers had and sitting on a tall thin object; when asked why she had chosen a sea stack on the edge of the cold North Sea rather than a pillar in the desert, Petunia buttressed her explanation saying that she had chosen to make a more littoral exegesis of St. Simeon Stylites' practice. (by Mouse)

11

She hoped to expiate an exegesis constructed like a castle buttressed on littoral sand. (by Gjones)

10

Put a couple of drinks in him and any mention of writing will launch him into an exegesis of his last novel set in a small, coastal town where watching the littoral erosion seems to be the favorite pastime and the inhabitants zealously prosecute tourists caught using pot, as if to expiate their own epidemic of meth addiction and buttress their respectability among neighboring communities. (by aslam)

9

There's no chance of his being able to expiate his rudeness, now that he is no longer a buttress against the forces of barbarism, this former exegete of everyday etiquette, once poised elegantly on the littoral, between the grittiness of communal life and the soothing depths of seclusion. (by cusheamus)

8

When the new detective's exegesis of the cold case documents revealed that the suspect (who had been found buttressing the dead body against the littoral wall of sandbags) was not the murderer, the DA's office immediately filed for his release and offered him a job in a desperate attempt to expiate its guilt. (by QuaQua)

7

You cannot expiate your rudeness with an exegesis: only a littoral literalist could believe that your complaint about "barnacles" referred to crustaceans adhering to shoreside buttresses and not to your allegedly clingy colleagues. (by Rudi)

6

Orleans' buttressed littoral is a complete exegesis of the ruin worked on the Cape by human settlement and of the continuing failure of our trivial gestures in the direction of expiation. (by edb)

5

As she walked along the beach, observing shellfish and sea stars in the littoral waters, she mused on her exegetical essay concerning Paul's expiatory passages, and felt her own atonement buttressed by a renewed sense of wholeness and wonder in divine creativity. (by QueenQuilter)

4

Buttressed by indignation, Iris demanded that Martin expiate his over-literal exegesis of her littoral novel, "The Sea, The Sea" in the Times. (by Sensil)

3

No amount of buttressing exegeses could expiate the damning nature of destruction that industrial waste, discharged directly into the sea, had done to the littoral beauty of the American coastline during the middle and late 19th century. (by gumo420)

2

Anent the loaves and fishes, any further exegesis of the parable is unnecessary, for it is awash with littoral references, and has already been quite redundantly buttressed - or should I say shored up - by the previous speaker's marginal piece of cod psychology, which passeth my understanding and brooks no expiatory apology. (by Bud Myte)

1

Mary Grand -- ever the intellectual, despite her busy schedule as CEO of Love Mega Media -- found herself in a slump while working on her exegesis of the heretical text, “Littoral Traces: ‘Footsteps in the Sand’ Exposed,” because, although she could analyze and explain the text, she could not find anything to critically challenge in the author’s argument that the premise of the “Footsteps in the Sand” poem -- that one who is walking with the Lord, whether through good times (two sets of footprints) or bad times (one set of footprints), is walking on a sandy beach -- is contradictory to the Lord’s parable of Matthew 7:26, in which one who abides by his (the Lord’s) words is like the wise man who builds his house upon the rocks and one who doesn’t abide is like the foolish man who builds upon the sand; she was in a slump, that is, until she felt someone pick her up and start to carry her, at which time she had an epiphany that -- if it remained unchallenged -- would forever confirm the poem’s standing in the canon of biblical literature: “walking with the Lord,” “sand,” and “house” were not metaphors at all, but rather were used literally to mean that the Lord was carrying his followers in hard times so that they could plan how to build their mansions on rocks that were within walking distance to their private beachfronts! -- and feeling so buttressed, she landed solidly on her own two feet and vowed to expiate her lack of faith by committing herself to the acquisition of another struggling mom & pop company and to thereby increase (all for His Glory!) her (littoral) share of the Jersey shore. (by Bovinity)
The Quandary for Wednesday, November 18, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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