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:


Continued global demand for real zibeline, with its pedigree of sable to camel to alpaca, had forced up-pips in world prices for those opportunely positioned by a predicted backlash – advanced in only a few months – against massive third world dumping of ersatz “real synthetic furs.” (by docephesus)


Your fraud has become clear, most opportunely, before I've dispensed with my cash: after a brief preview of your product, which you pass off as a zibeline scarf, supposedly crafted by a clothier of illustrious pedigree, I see that it is in fact an ersatz garment, worthless, stuck together by a novice who doesn't know wool from cotton. (by Rudi)


As soon as the reporters and photographers from VOGUE showed up, Annabelle's agent felt the opportune moment had come to observe in a stage whisper to his assistant that for someone of Annabelle's lofty pedigree (rich, famous, beautiful ancestors as far as the eye could see), the luxurious floor length cashmere zibeline tunic was, in fact, perfectly appropriate and it was the ersatz "suede"(actually microfiber polyester) boots that struck a jarring note. (by cusheamus)


When the economy deteriorated, our company was forced to compromise its centuries of blue-blood pedigree as a purveyor of fine furs to the rich and famous, to discount some of our sable, mink and chinchilla coats, and, horror of horrors, to opportunely introduce a less expensive offering of zibeline and ersatz synthetic products. (by Sami)


It is widely agreed amongst scholars of British heraldry that Sir Mick Jagger (who over the course of four decades managed to parlay a remarkable tone-deafness and a fortuitous resemblance to a rooster into a multi-billion-pound financial empire) had come by his knightly pedigree most opportunely, taking advantage of a deficit in the Royal Treasury to purchase his ersatz title “under the table” in a clandestine back-room meeting with the Queen—a meeting for which the gangling crooner is said to have appeared clad in a rhinestone-studded burgundy spandex jumpsuit and lilac zibeline boa. (by saintdufus)


Sir Mungo Mungo-Shoddy, formerly a clothing sweatshop millionaire who had sourced his ersatz pedigree (an obscure rhubarb-triangle knighthood) online, was now so badly hit by the recession that he found it opportune to economise by kitting out his gorgeous young Russian bride in a fake zibeline wedding outfit drawn from the mouldering remnants of his own bargain basement stock. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, March 10, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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