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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After gaining power through a series of well-timed political maneuvers, the Metric Imperialists dealt a swift sockdolager to the minute, replacing that outmoded unit of measure with the centiday, and sacking the woebegone traditionalists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to make room for their own spoilsmen. (by Rudi)


The member for the rotten borough of Fleecem-by-Mettrick, a spoilsman on the make, took to estimating his entertainment expenses on a centiday basis, and since he (alone) found his own company constantly diverting, was according to the House Rules legitimately clocking up a tidy sum every 14.4 minutes precisely, but was shortly delivered a surprise sockdolager by an inquisitive Press, leading to an indefinite stretch of woebegone incarceration at Her Majesty's pleasure. (by Et Seqq)


The new US Attorney had his centiday in the sun - just under 15 minutes of riveting closing arguments - verily the sockdolager to the now woebegone assistant state comptroller and his bloviating attorney, both spoilsmen of the corruptionists upstairs. (by docephesus)


In less than a centiday – barely ten minutes, in fact – the impassioned advocate's sockdolager of a speech rallied the public’s support in favor of merit-based civil service criteria, and the woebegone spoilsmen knew it was time to clear out their posh, ill-deserved office suites. (by piggy)
The Quandary for Saturday, January 08, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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