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:

6

A surviving witness, full of gravitas, recounted how the edacious tsunami devoured the old lighthouse that had been the cynosure of all seaborne vessels in the port, and the archetype for all other lighthouses in the area. (by QuaQua)

5

Archetypal daredevil "Tiny" was the swelling cynosure at the hamburger-eating competition as, staring, stoic, and eructing gravitas, he reached for the fortieth specimen and proved his godly edacity. (by Rudi)

4

As an archetype, lim'ricks forswear / Any gravitas, offering fare / Light or naughty (not drear), / Like the cynosure here: / A salacious edacious au pair. (by ChrisD)

3

Alberta was a single-minded, edacious collector of a certain sort of war movie: not those featuring archetypal, square-jawed heroes, solemn soundtracks, and directors bent under the weight of their positively statesmanlike gravitas, nor yet the common, relatively plotless explorations of extreme violence, but rather military comedies (her cynosure, her North Star, being M.A.S.H.). (by cusheamus)

2

By now the cynosure of each edacious eye, the courtesan Roxana - demure but distractingly deshabille in her Turkish habit - personified the archetypal ingénue as she danced before the masked King, whose regulation gravitas was wilting as quickly as his animal passions arose. (by Et Seqq)

1

Sigmund longed to be the archetype of the heroic self sacrificing leader but a lack of gravitas, combined with edacious lust, divested him of that cynosure. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Tuesday, March 16, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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