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:


The onus of regreening the meidan at the edge of town falls on the local factories that used it as a dumping ground, but they have merely cosmeticized their trash with tarps, blaming budgetary vicissitudes for their failure to haul it away. (by Rudi)


Francis suffered the vicissitudes of show business with a crafted bonhomie until even the valiant attempts of the finest Beverly Hills surgeons to cosmeticize his “flaws” proved less than futile and the studio executives shifted the onus of his diminishing ‘star power’ to his agent and his agent shifted it back to the studio until Francis found himself wandering down the median of the 405 till he reached Tijuana; there he painted himself with black and white stripes, called himself Francisco, and none of the thousands of tourists who posed next to this “Tijuana Zebra” ever realized that he was once the world famous Francis the Talking Mule. (by gumo420)


"Hymie, du alter kaker, enough already - wha' d'ya mean, 'tolerate the vicissitudes of the velocipede' . . . and do you think I give a damn if Ahmadinejad called it a 'cosmeticized meidan'? - to me it's just Central Park in the dark, and if this stoned pedicab shvartzer shlepps us around the carousel just one more time - feh! - I'm gants fermisht, fershtay? - so the onus is on you, nebbish, to make him stop, nu?" (by Bud Myte)


A relatively small vicissitude in Jane's fortunes resulted in her being able to purchase a cosmeticizing Turkey carpet for the Great Hall and also begin construction of an allee in the meidan between Rose Glen and Monk's Corners, prospectively relieving herself of the onus of hosting the annual hot air balloon rally there. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Sunday, January 10, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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