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:


Eva routinely titivated herself, treated powerful men in a cordial manner, carrying as many munichs as chance would allow, gradually moving herself up the social ladder in the process, to ne plus ultra of power in the nation. (by QuaQua)


When the publisher of a nearly bankrupt newspaper accepted investment from a wealthy jeweler, agreeing to censor all articles about the horrors of the diamond trade (replacing them with fashion reviews that would kindle a reader's urge to titivate, accessorize, and spend on precious stones) reporters accused their boss of repeating Munich, the ne plus ultra of appeasement, and the ensuing debates about integrity, compromise, and survival were far from cordial. (by Rudi)


After the success of Diaphanous Dainties (her lingerie boutique on 12th Street) and of Bonjour Tristesse (her formal wear shop), Marjorie opened Titivations, a shop where she sold upscale accessories (including scarves and the ne plus ultra of handbags from Hermes) at the opening of which, exuding real sophistication and fraudulent cordiality, she was able to convince both her customers and her competitors that she had no intentions of expanding her business any further - a necessary, short-term bit of deception she privately called a "Munich dictate". (by cusheamus)


Millford was a mountebank and his puerile attempts at the titivation of his insulting behavior, though superficially cordial, were nothing more than a sickening munich brought on by peer pressure and his villainous need to appear the ne-plus-ultra civilized gentleman. (by gumo420)


Diplomatists one and all, they were able to sustain cordial relations only by frequent recourse to the titivation of their Munich accords, whereby each sought to mollify the other in declaring that, in truth, theirs was the ne plus ultra in magnanimous accommodation. (by Et Seqq)


In an attempt to placate his ladylove for his latest indiscretions, Topaz Pavonine-Arbuthnot titivated her boudoir with blossoms and diaphanous garments, creating an atmosphere the ne plus ultra of cordiality and hedonism; however when Xenobia Aubergine entered she adjudged the decorations a mere munich and his ejaculations of her pulchritude crude, thus she demanded he leave immediately, rose in teeth and plus fours around ankles notwithstanding, or suffer defenestration. (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 13, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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