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:


In that wretched moment of self castigation Sigmund knew that he had been sent on a fools journey and would never, never return to the approbative graces of Sir Malcolm; for there was no way to supplant his daughter Beatrice’s current unnatural enthrallment in “Flamin’ Hot Texas Chili”, which left her devastatingly flatulent, with something more appropriate like Sheppard’s Pie. (by gumo420)


Having conceded that the kazoo was not an effective tool of enthrallment, and having abandoned the hope that approbation (expressed in dollars) would one day supplant the castigation he received for his impromptu concertizing, the street performer pawned his instrument and bought a hypnotist's pendulum. (by Rudi)


As he had received nothing but public approbation since enthralling the voters with his opinions on where it had all gone wrong for the economy, George had not considered that he might be castigated by those same voters for giving up so easily in his efforts to supplant Richard as the party Finance spokesman. (by Ceathair Focail)


Basking in the approbation of her co-workers, Evelyn went from office to office, enthralling each group with the details of Mr. Blankfein's murder, delighted to have supplanted that drunken clown Jamie Fredericks as the company's most sought-after storyteller and privately castigating herself for (a) not having offed Mr. Blankfein sooner and (b) done in Jamie, too, before she'd thrown the letter opener into the Schuylkill. (by cusheamus)


Throckmorton was hardly enthralled with having to supplant his long anticipated Maldives vacation for an appearance in court with his son, who had always castigated him for his lack of paternal approbation - perhaps justified in this case because young Winthrop had thoroughly beaten their elderly neighbor while on probation for arson. (by tree)


Enthralled, beguiled, and enslaved by an all-consuming logophilia, the ghastly creature had of late grown indifferent and unresponsive to castigation or approbation, to formal censure or commendation, to denunciation or panegyric, consecrating his remaining closeted years to the private preparation of a reductive, grotesquely primped and purged thesaurus, one synonym ruthlessly supplanting another - one interchangeable word its likeness, one analogue its kissing cousin - as he strove indefatigably to articulate, express, and impart the full enormity of his profound failure to communicate other than "through weasel words" - which last verbosity he amended (after agonised deliberation) to "equivocally". (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Monday, February 08, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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