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:


Everyone assumed the play's producer was Harry's uncle or godfather or even half-brother, because only shameless nepotism could have gotten him the role of the Tutor, fossicking all over the stage, looking for the golden location that would show off his noble brow to the best advantage, once ending up on the proscenium (another two steps and he would have toppled into the orchestra pit!), leaving the rest of the cast with the unflattering dorsal view of his over-the-hill and sagging person. (by cusheamus)


Fidgeting on the proscenium, the stage manager struggled to entertain the whining audience with an extemporaneous lecture on cetology, while, behind the curtain, crew members fossicked for tools to amputate the cause of the delay -- the offending flipper on the back of poor Moby Dick, whose unpresentable costume had been designed, in a nepotistic arrangement, by a misinformed papier-mâché artist who fiercely insisted that sperm whales have dorsal fins: the director's spoiled nephew. (by Rudi)


James, the much-maligned director, whose casting selections had been controversial at best, had left his 6-year-old son fossicking through the capacious costume closet backstage, and was horrified to see the boy wandering onto the proscenium in the crowning scene on opening night, a giant dorsal fin strapped to his back, raising mutters of nepotism among the cast and audience. (by pseudonymous)


The casting of Florence Squidge as Juliet could only be attributed to nepotism (her uncle was the director): despite all the time that the young ingenue spent fossicking about the proscenium in search of Romeo's affections, the audience became more familiar with her dorsal regions than with her countenance. (by Amalia)


Sir Buskin Belloworthy had not shrunk from literal nepotism in loudly proclaiming that, after much fossicking around for a suitably prestigious site, his grand new proscenium theatre had been built apurpose as a platform for his beloved nephew, whose dorsal contour so fitted him to play Richard III. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, October 04, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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