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:


In his greatest emprise yet, Don Pepe planned to demonstrate his chivalry by penning an original opera for his beloved Ronda, but on opening night the audience found his chaotic pasticcio of Wagner, Verdi, and Monteverdi inscrutable (though he had not intended to confuse) and risible (though guffawing had not been his aim). (by Rudi)


As copyright holders of “Pre-Modern Almanacs,” we find near risible your emprise’s constipated ipsedixitism against claims of plagiarism by (1) your winking at prima fascie evidence of four chapters of ours cobbled verbatim into your “Pasticcio of 19th cent. Almanacs,” and (2) the proposed inscrutable vindication that “The New Testament contains large quotes from the Old.” (by docephesus)


Mr Puccini's latest effort in the verismo style, Madama Butterfly, is a mere pasticcio, a ragbag of cliche and exoticisms that your critic finds suitably inscrutable; and if its emprise is to be commended, one cannot help finding the outcome as risible as is Mr. Whistler's undistinguished dalliance with Hiroshige prints. (by Et Seqq)


Once upon a time, a former governor of a large state embarked on the long and arduous emprise of running for president but her fortunes foundered quickly when she promoted her platform far and wide, an incoherent pasticcio of beliefs, randomly picked up here and there, where the inscrutable and the risible coalesced magically to produce something impeccably ridiculous. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, February 12, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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