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:


In the silent menagerie I first inspected the empty birdcages, then the dry aquaria, the desolate stockades and the bleak concrete yards, and finally squelched across the sticky mud of the hippo enclosure, recalling, as I skirted the turnstile, those carefree family outings before the recession bit hard, before the elected plutocrats slashed governmental expenditure on everything save the ponderous apparatus of taxation. (by Et Seqq)


In this political cartoon, we see a menagerie of plutocrats caged for display as in a zoo, each billionaire chained to a ponderous ball made from his own melted gold, his assertions of authority squelched by a paper-mâché muzzle fashioned from his own dollar bills and stock certificates. (by Rudi)


The young Maharaja, a scion of the northwest Indian plutocracy and consequently accustomed to getting pretty much whatever he wanted, begged for and received from his uncle an otter to add to his already considerable menagerie (two civets, a cat, a mongoose, and several peafowl) over the gentle objections of his ayah, a calm, ponderous woman whose heart sank at the prospect of squelching around the garden in the rain in pursuit of yet another nimble Mustelidae. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Monday, July 05, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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