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:


As I listened to my wife's passionate reading of the meandering prolegomenon to the history of Euridice, with my eyes closed, I felt as if I was chasing an elusive prey through a labyrinth of its spoors, expecting to bump right into the magnificent beginning of the libretto any second, its high drama left completely intact without the equipoise of Peri's composition. (by QuaQua)


Ken had been using Equipoise, a popular brand of veterinary injectable steroid, in the hope of auditioning successfully for the new Weber opera based on Shaffer's play "Equus", whose development he had been tracking, following its spoor through Variety and Backstage magazines, ever since he had learned (while delivering pizza during the prolegomenon of talks and negotiations with potential backers) that the libretto was entirely faithful to the original script and that he might finally be able to sing in the nude. (by cusheamus)


The earnest young composer's afternoon workshop lecture - a protracted academic prolegomenon to his own 'Ich bin gar kein Freisch├╝tz' - achieved a mind-numbing equipoise with the opera's impenetrable libretto, which for both ecological reasons and those of audience health and safety substituted the unlicensed shooting of magic bullets with a lengthy Sprechgesang recitative between dungareed environmentalists on the underhandeness of tracking any wild animal through its spoors. (by Et Seqq)


I can't follow the narrative spoor of the libretto -- at least, not as articulated by this barking soprano -- it lacks equipoise between prolegomenon and conclusion, it gives us too much preparation for a hunt that never happens. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Wednesday, July 14, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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