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 considering how to administer the swelling Fund for the Rehabilitation of Virtue, Straightness and Uprightness entrusted to his honorable care, the chairman of the town council's New Rectitude Subcommittee felt all fluttery inside, sensing that he was gambling with his own moral and political fate – even one misstep could swiftly efface his reputation as Champion of Rightness and eternize him in public memory instead as a naughty, naughty, naughty, very naughty, naughty boy – so he decided to preemptively embrace (and thereby cleanse) what naughtiness had already infected him and therefore apply the Fund towards a "Junket for Truth" in Las Vegas, where, arguably, his services as custos morum (in particular his facility with reconstituting the moral fibers of struggling youth), were in more dire need than in his own small and comparatively chaste town of Lower Salvation Falls. (by Rudi)


The vocation of the Guardian Angel Field Agent, a craft that is very morally precise, requiring vast in-class education on virtue and infinitely more real-world experience to perfect--with the obvious nature of our eternized existence, the majority of our employees at this time are considered to be 'Master of Trade' status in the Department--seems to be through the very nature of this extensivity, having the unfortunate effect of leaving most of these literal custodes morum quite jaded toward their work; for many, the descension unto the earth has turned from a task of waylaying the ill-intent of their wards, to a junket of pleasure and relaxation, a vacation if you will, during which our employees shirk their duties as Guardians, and, effaced as human-beings themselves (a faculty permitted to Guardian Angel Field Agents only "for use in situations of dire circumstance regarding the welfare of [their] human charge where direct intervention is necessary", per Article 24.1 of the GA Field Employee Contract), take to the streets of the world and "fraternize with the masses" which, as we all know, is not the purpose of this program... (by SteveB)


Ettienne was considered the custos morum of the pastry world, whose discerning palate and cruel judgments could make or break a young chef, and Sybil could barely watch as he took the first bite of her grapefruit-cilantro junket: would her creation, the product of long hours in the kitchen and long years of training, be eternized or effaced? (by Amalia)


The members of the press and their friends, including the Director of the Board, the real custos morum, watching against any possibility that could have corrupted public morals, or manners, or language, embraced Catherine and Jacob most enthusiastically after the film ended and the lights were turned up again, as they all found their film, ‘The Kitchen Junket’, a success, a film which filled them with a feeling which effaced everything else for two hours, a film to eternize the hearts racing out of beat, in one journalist’s words, then together with the entire cast and crew, singing and joking, they headed to a rustic estate waiting for them to celebrate, filled for the occasion, symbolically, with junkets and old wine. (by antoniadeldebbio)


'As custos morum within the Sanctimonious Confraternity of those Dourly Abstemious I have thought fit to efface from our frugal fare any further appearance of that perniciously yummy ingurgitation known as junket (Brother Edentulate, I brook no petition!), confident that this timous proscription will eternize our transcendent temperance . . . and let us now mourn the sad passing of our last lactating ruminant, Daisy.' (by Et Seqq)
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