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:


'The Gulf seawater is now oleaginous enough to oil a rusty orrery enough to make the Sun's head spin', said the professor on Sci-Friday, knowing all too well only the brainiacs among the listeners got his humor, and the rest, those for whom his job seemed cushy, were either upset by or jealous of his sinecure, depending on their own work ethic. (by QuaQua)


Dipping the orrery in the oleagenous medium lubricated the mechanism, that is true, but it so slowed the inner motions that the device no longer represented the correct relationships among the planets' orbits, with the result that the curator's job ceased to be a sinecure and he actually had to apply himself to a task for which he would have been totally unprepared had the ten-year old visitor not turned out to be a brainiac who knew how the mechanism should work and suggested a regime for cleaning it. (by pbwoodruff)


Although assistant teacher Ollie Slipman demonstrated no knowledge of astrophysics, his oleaginous demeanor allowed him to finagle the coveted sinecure of instructing Advanced Placement Astronomy, where he needed do nothing more than oil and rotate an ancient orrery, a crude representation of celestial motion, while his brainiac students ignored him and developed computer simulations of the same. (by Rudi)


Albert Wieckowski, whose unprepossessing looks and sullen demeanor gave no clue to the giant (and playful) intellect within, held the sort of sinecure traditionally reserved for brainiacs without any interpersonal skills: Office of Business Reference Librarian for the School of Petroleum Geology, where his only contacts were with rare oleaginous graduate students who thought it would be rewarding to work for BP and where otherwise he could work unselfconsciously on fitting the moons of Saturn into the orrery he was making out of office supplies. (by cusheamus)


Definitely no brainiac, Peter's oleaginous complexion, foul breath, and eyeballs that seemed to move within his skull like the orbs of a clockwork orrery, led most men to question how he had ever landed a sinecure as cushy and prominent as the ambassadorship to France; until, that is, they were informed of his unfortunate (from his family's point of view, at least) parentage. (by luigi)


The oleaginous Professor Schmarm sidled up, curled his arm around my waist, then breathily reassured me that the task of maintaining his rickety brass orrery was an absolute doddle, an utter sinecure, a really cushy number, something that any solar brainiac like myself could do virtually 'lying down' (his phrase), so astronomical was my scope. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, June 01, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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