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 man knew that to take was not a crime exclusive to the ground, where nature could be hidden in and distraction could be made simply by knocking something over, but in fact, the excommunicate thought in this world of wind, where people sleep in clouds and travel solely by ornithopter or the occasional helium balloon, theft was all the easier (not many were willing to follow a plummeting man), which is what lead to his eventual downfall when sin parlayed upon sin, and through orders of the church, he learned that even heaven was confiscable. (by SteveB)


The painter hoped to parlay his success in representing birds on canvas into a greater achievement, the creation of a flying birdlike sculpture, but when his much-anticipated Ornithopter was finally unveiled on a helipad specially installed atop a major New York museum, several viewers called for the critical excommunication of the artist and an official from the Parks Department declared the work itself confiscable, for this sculpture—supposedly the product of a six year labor—was nothing more than a traumatized street pigeon, dressed in a bird-shaped body suit that had the appearance of Carrera marble. (by Rudi)


When Fr. Macharios's attempts failed to parlay speed and maneuverability into redemption, he broke off his attack on the gondola of the pirate blimp and headed home in his tiny, mosquito-like ornithopter to the Island of Naxos, turning his attention to the embarrassment that awaited him, the Archbishop having threatened him, through clenched teeth, with excommunication (and its attendant confiscation of his priestly status) if he failed to bring back the icon he had impulsively sold to Black Dardo to augment his meager stipend. (by cusheamus)


'I regret to say, My Lord, that in parlaying his generous allowance on an aerial circumnavigation of the Long Room, and having cramponned his way up above the fake Gainsborough, young Master Cedric thought to piggy-back a ride on a stucco putto, unwisely according it the levitational capability of an ornithopter, with the inevitable result that his descent was precipitate, his stake declared confiscable, and his blasphemous expletives obligated the Chaplain to pronounce an ad interim excommunication.' (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, September 29, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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