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:


On their interminable passage through the Storehouse (the rare, glaucous windows of which only hinted at the shadowy shape of the adjoining Prison), down twisting, parlous flights of crumbling stone steps, through dim labyrinthine corridors, H thought with increasing horror of what awaited him in the Star Chamber below, where there would be no appeal, no recourse, not even any witnesses to the inexorable verdict of the Examiners. (by cusheamus)


When Jack took the parlous step of teasing his wife for her cosmetic excesses, calling her powdered complexion glaucous, her Star Chamber of one, consulting no dictionaries, reached its inexorable conclusion that his suspicious and probably treasonous statement (whatever it happened to mean) must be punished with an unwelcome nuchal application of shaving cream. (by Rudi)


Jason finally relented under the inexorable badgering of the members of the French Culinary Institute's Star Chamber-like panel of judges and admitted that the maddeningly delicious ginger and cardamom-infused truffles au chocolat he had created were, though hardly parlous, at least unappetizing to behold due to the glaucous bloom covering them produced by his failure to properly temper the coating. (by luigi)


Having foolishly allowed his gluttony to overcome his common sense by eating the glaucous Turkish sweet presented to him after dinner, the Chief Judge of the Star Chamber sat battling the nausea caused by poison making its inexorable progress through his system while belatedly registering the unexpected confidence and quiet watchfulness of the defendant, who should have been trembling with fear given the parlous nature of his circumstances. (by Ceathair Focail)


When Juan Peron heard he was to be brought before the Star Chamber he had an image of something astrally beautiful until the parlous nature of the event was explained; and in the time it takes to draw a breath glaucous nausea was replaced with an inexorable sense of purpose that was to change Argentine politics forever. (by gumo420)


In parlous state, with bated breath, he sat awaiting awful Death, whose glaucous mien (a cheesy green) all hope abating kept him waiting so deflated, hope abated (no, I've said that, you'll be sated); then inexorably summating, privily his guilt backdating, in a sentence (unextended!), briskly (least said, soonest mended), Council judged him quite non grata, wished him well as quartered martyr, then absolved themselves from blame before there came the next Star Chamber. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 16, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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