Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Nicky, a wispy aesthete who designed typefaces for a living and whose garden was on every garden tour that mattered, occasionally despaired of his partner, Doug, a professor of political science at Drexel, whose dense, ponderous, profoundly unimaginative analyses of voting trends had made him a legend in the ranks of psephologists worldwide (and not in a good way, either), because not only did Doug lack an appreciation of the finer things in life that were Nicky's greatest joy, but sometimes seemed actively to be thwarting Nicky's attempts to add little touches of beauty to their home, like the time he put plastic carnations in the Chihuly vase. (by cusheamus)


With its illegible type and misshapen diagrams, Statistical Methods in Psephology is no text for aesthetes (in fact, its disorganized table of contents seems designed to thwart rather than assist readers hoping to traverse the ponderous volume), but any political scientist who has studied its comprehensive framework for predicting election results will attest that the book is indeed worth its considerable weight in sleeping pills. (by Rudi)


After dinner, Sergei's long-winded, ponderous anecdotes about his former life as a Soviet official psephologist were not to be thwarted even though the outcome of elections had always been a foregone conclusion; whereas Sasha's dissenting, droll asides (ever the quizzical aesthete) showed how much the samizdat must have owed to his wicked, cleverly-wrought lampoons. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, November 02, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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