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:

4

Consider me a culinary chameleon (or, if you will, a factotum vis-à-vis the work of eating) but I have always sought parity between my vegetarian days, when I subsist on nuts like the best balanephagous squirrels, and my carnivorous days, when I hunt squirrels. (by Rudi)

3

Barely a few hours into a new job, after my boss extolled my arrival,"we expect you to be a factotum for us, a sort of Jack of all trades, a chameleon who can adapt quickly, one day a balanephagous squirrel, the next a ravenous tiger", I tendered my resignation writing him impishly that I was only interested in being a human being with a balanced diet and that "although your vocabulary is quite recherche, your metaphors lacked parity with reality". (by Sami)

2

My mother's parity was 3, but each had their own unique quirks: chameleon-like Angela, who showed up with a different hairstyle to the family dinner table each week; Sandra, who preferred be called a factotum, instead of a chronic job-hopper, and finally there was me--with my exaggeratedly round face, constantly being compared to one balanephagous woodland creature or another. (by sebuck)

1

What with my ten acres of Sussex oaks yielding but a poor crop of black truffles this year, and with sterling tumbling headlong towards parity with the wretched euro, in order to economise I hit on the notion of restricting Alf - our former family retainer, and now my general factotum - to a strictly balanephagous diet that, curiously, has served his innate reticence so well that, chameleon-like, he now completely merges into every background, so that I hardly even notice him squirreling away his little winter store. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, February 16, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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