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:


After being censured for jobbery, Mayor Pleasant fled to the seclusion of the vacation property he bought with town funds, and there he lies procumbent, his head pressed into the mattress, heavy with the weight of dubitation, his mind awash with questions about his own character. (by Rudi)


Jim, Jr.’s censure ricocheted off this once exemplary son and student, currently faced off with the probation board – their expressions obdurate, his in flux with feigned incredulity, dubitation and remorse – tragically, as a morally procumbent teen without a single ethical root, collocating with his father’s footsteps and, unabashedly, fingerprints (Jim, Sr. the spoilsman for the union, long incarcerated for his jobbery with the mayor). (by docephesus)


Anxious to avoid the House's censure for his scandalous jobbery, Congressman Or G. Ofpork inspired dubitation among many of his colleagues by maintaining for hours a perfectly procumbent expression. (by Sami)


Mayor Sharkey, past master of translating public office into private profit (his companies had the borough snow plowing concession and contracts to maintain and repair municipal buildings and other common tricks of jobbery), was found procumbent and lifeless at the foot of a thirty-foot ladder outside the Borough Hall and, looking down at him, Detective Simcox experienced a persistent tremor of dubitation about the way the Mayor was arranged - surely a simple fall from the ladder would have laid him on his back or side, not on his face? - so the detective pursued a murder investigation, much to the dismay of the late Mayor's cronies, who subjected him to constant public ridicule and censure in the local paper (which two of them owned). (by cusheamus)


Snead was a competent botanist, but somewhat paranoid and prone to fits of dubitation: in his official capacity as Idaho's northeast regional agricultural inspector, he constantly worried that he would be censured for jobbery if he surreptitiously eyeballed some procumbent wildflower through his hand lens during working hours, rather than the solanaceous crop plants that were his appointed sphere. (by Amalia)


I readily confess to this court that I have found an easeful, procumbent posture to be most conducive to rewarding philosophical dubitation on the ethics of the Soviet work/leisure dichotomy, but that as a conscientious quality control inspector in the Minsk shagpile factory I was never once formally censured by the regional committee for unprincipled jobbery. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 27, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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