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:


This likeness of our dear father appears to be kipping on a pillowy plinth, not standing tall on a hero's pedestal as we specified in the recent sketch, and although the new sculptor's mansuetude has lulled us into accepting his work so far (especially those of us who clashed with his hotheaded and chisel-flinging predecessor), I consider it my fiduciary duty as trustee of the family estate to withhold the artist's compensation until he makes this snoozing marble wake! (by Rudi)


Whiskers jumped deftly onto the plinth and proceeded to walk around the feet of Old George's statue as if he were a fiduciary checking up on the condition of each iron toe, and when he was satisfied he lay down for a kip in full sight of the townspeople walking by in their Sunday best, thinking that his apparent mansuetude would fool some gullible little girl into bringing him a saucer of cream. (by debbie)


Clearly, haughty farmland fiduciary (‘taxman’ to the peasants) Van Stopgh loathed Van Gogh for the artist’s symbolic denigration of the new Dutch urbanity - its brooding disquietude, grand plinths propping hero statues, buckled leather boots – all via painted contrasts of the peasantry’s bucolic mansuetude, midday dreamy kipping against golden haystacks, and their sculpted ligneous shoes, which Van Gogh honored as, “the plinths of the peasantry, true fiduciaries of our heritage.” (by docephesus)


Miss Heppenstahl, a model of indulgent mansuetude when it came to exercising her fiduciary responsibility to her young ward, arranged for the release of the funds necessary to pay for his continuing spiritual journey, which at the moment involved playing the panpipes - primarily to the accompaniment of the neighbor shouting, "Shut up, will you, I'm trying to get some kip!" - which was actually a great improvement over his previous stint as a follower of Simeon Stylites, which had left the back garden dotted with columns of different heights (not to mention a score of waiting plinths). (by cusheamus)


When I first clapped eyes on my fiduciary kipping on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, my inheritance serving him as a pillow, it hardly occurred to me that he might (as he later argued) be representing a living monument to the government's comatose trusteeship of the kingdom's wealth, and it was only thanks to my lowly stature and innate mansuetude that I did not give him a swift kicking there and then. (by Et Seqq)


Estrella Goodchild, though generally known for her charming mansuetude, was determined to untangle herself from the exsanguinating clutches of her rapacious fiduciary; thus while everyone thought her innocently having an afternoon kip on the chaise-longue she perfected the arts of witchcraft, until one day she was able to shove her tormentor onto a handy plinth and petrify him into a statue forevermore. (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Wednesday, January 12, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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