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:


As a painter, Jose treated his brush as ancillary to his tongue: it was his tongue that distinguished him in an otherwise homogeneous crowd of rivals, his tongue that helped him prevail throughout the vicissitudes of the art market, his tongue that performed sycophantic symphonies for critics and collectors, his tongue that defined what viewers saw. (by Rudi)


Loose social networks and strong individual identities of children have put an end to families as homogeneous units, bringing about a vicissitude in the life of parents: they are forced into an ancillary role in the upbringing of their own children, and are sometimes reduced to sycophants while attempting to persuade. (by QuaQua)


A friend recently returned from a brief career as a “Hollywood” writer and regaled us with horrifying tales of ancillary sycophants that must be navigated like a homogeneous gauntlet of festering pustules lest they erupt and force one to suffer the calamitous vicissitudes of the vindictive toady. (by gumo420)


"Ah, my indispensable handmaiden!", murmured the doctor to his ancilla, the office factotum, Miss Smithers, a simpering sycophant who had stayed with him for decades through every vicissitude attendant upon his being chief cosmetic surgeon for the Irish Mob with the unenviable task of rendering their scarred, lumpen, potato faces homogeneously bland and forgettable. (by cusheamus)


Suffering the vicissitudes of a deep recession, the couple were desperately marketing their penthouse suite and had only recently downsized into a homogeneous and close community of simple village folk in darkest Norfolk; but having given summary notice to their ancillary domestics - retaining only housekeeper, butler, cook, and maid - the urban incomers were mortified to discover that, far from having won over the yokels with free beer at the gymkhana, they were marked down by pub regulars as sycophantic wasters - and crashing bores, to boot. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Thursday, December 31, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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