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:


Lapidaries slide gems in portmanteaux; guitarists slide notes portamento; while demagogues (pretentious) with monologues (contentious) slide hoi polloi where they're not meant to... (by Justinnthyme40)


Not known for his lapidary delivery, Herr Professor Purfling-Frosch, the arch-demagogue of late Mozartian style, variously cajoled, urged, rebuked, and threatened his rapt audience throughout a stimulating (some would say highly contentious, if not downright implausible) argument lasting over three hours, before taking up his bow to demonstrate exactly how portamento ('what Leopold he call ze audible shift') in slow movements must, de rigeur, always be performed 'col legno tratto'. (by Et Seqq)


Especially because his timid, vocally talented daughter was mesmerized by her demagoguing voice coach, her father, professional lapidary and opera aficionado, contentiously bit again at the coach's complacent ignoring his daughter’s mistaken glissando for the scored portamento: “Glissando – a magical sparkle from each facet of a diamond! Portamento – the smooth lustrous shine of a polished opal cabochon!” (by docephesus)


Mr. Emerald's demagoguery made him a contentious figure in the lapidary world, to the point that whenever his name was mentioned among fellow jewelers (whose stone cutting practices he was always trying to control), their conversation would take a portamento from low drone to high-pitch protest. (by Rudi)


Despite his shameless demagoguery, Senate candidate Al Ruiniu soon found himself out of contention, owing to his past as a 'blood diamond' lapidary and profiteer, a slithery pedigree which his quivering portamento and poor elocution did nothing to dispel. (by Sami)
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