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:


I was in the kitchen at midnight preparing Komst Borscht, a dish I hoped would win me the title of Superchef, when one of the other contestants intruded upon my culinary lucubration in a bald attempt to cabbage my cabbage – he literally snatched it from beneath my knife! – but of course I refused to acknowledge the pastness of my possession of said vegetable and I promptly recabbaged it, all of this in a semi-violent scene that caused much brouhaha when it aired. (by Rudi)


Genevieve had always found the word "pastness" to be needlessly pedantic, but it was the only one that sprang to mind as she looked down from the 32nd floor and 88 years and suddenly saw her life, with its urgent-seeming yet ultimately needless bouts of lucubration, unseemly brouhahas with penny-cabbaging deans, and now a long slow decline into emerita status, reduced to this ineluctable fact: much, much more of it was past than future. (by Amalia)


When her stroll brought her unexpectedly to Earlsfort Terrace, Diana was drenched in pastness, recalling not simply the outline of her days at the Alexandra School but all the emotions associated with them, reliving completely, for instance, the time when they were scrounging extra blankets from the staff linen closet and Miss Crampion appeared in the hallway just as Anne cabbaged the old suitcase tucked away under the bottom shelf, the ensuing hilarious brouhaha when it was discovered to be full of (banned) Harlequin romances belonging to the Geometry teacher, and the long hours of penitential lucubration getting the extra Latin and Scripture homework done. (by cusheamus)


After protracted lucubrations and some fevered heart-searching - being mindful above all of the Eighth Commandment ('Thou shalt not cabbage') - I decided upon avoiding any unpleasant brouhaha by quietly returning the cash, thereby consigning this trifling pecadillo to a discreditable pastness. (by Et Seqq)


In his uproarious roast of the retiring chairman at the national convention of casino operators, a stand-up comedian created a brouhaha when he relegated to pastness Thomas Edison's famous aphorism that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, and adapted it as "his (the chairman's) success was one percent inspiration, nine percent lucubration and ninety percent cabbaging off the vain hopes and poor math skills of his customers." (by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, February 19, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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