Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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The Supreme Court first stopped a well-justified recount while it deliberated and deliberated, thus temporizing like a gourmand whose favorite dish was time itself, then changed its mind with a didactic statement about the evils of disenfranchisement, and finally declared, in a manner that smacked of the schemes of a regular cabal, that it was unfortunately too late to resume the recount. (by QuaQua)


When a cabal of larcenous gourmands enacted their porcine plot, dispatching elite crews of truffle-sniffing pigs to vacuum the swankiest restaurant kitchens of Manhattan, waiters were forced to temporize, serving didactic disquisitions on the subtleties of Tuber magnatum, while hungry customers oinked impatiently, and chefs turned their talents to butchery. (by Rudi)


'Take it from me - ,' said the didact, chomping his way through another ziggurat of jumbo ├ęclairs, 'that furtive cabal of gourmands over there, yes, there - toying idly with the remaining canap├ęs - is just - any more chocs left? no, what a shame! - is just temporizing until my back is turned, when you bet they'll be over here like a shot to polish off all the tutti-frutti; so keep guard, got that?' (by Et Seqq)


"I am quite sure that this particular beer is not, in fact, a methaglyn, but rather a melomel, because I detect a strong note of blueberry", pronounced Mr. Carp didactically, to which Mr. Marx (a new and nervous member of the Township's cabal of mead microbrewers) replied evasively that he had no direct knowledge of any fruit in this sample, but his temporizing didn't distract Mr. Carp from trolling for scandalous tidbits to include in his food and drink column ("The Prying Gourmand") in the weekly suburban paper. (by cusheamus)


In a moment of tragic temporization the German Society of Anti-Nazi Butchers, originally assembled as a didactic cabal to undercut the growing power of the National Socialist in the meat industry, fell prey to their own gourmandism and abandoned their ideals for the sake of unrestricted supplies of blood sausage. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Tuesday, March 02, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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