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:


Buried in the voluminous data, the determinative quantum occupied only a microcosm of the antagonists’ nonplussed worlds, upon which the arbitrator – a tall, spirituel southerner whose presence mollified all parties – cogently focused, contradistinguishing only salient comparative points to unveil the arguments’ cynosure with apposite clarity. (by docephesus)


In approaching Michelangelo's David - a cynosure of sculptural mastery for the microcosm that was the contemporary Italian Renaissance - it may be apposite to contradistinguish between its dynamic contrapposto and the more relaxed stance of the Grecian Kritios Boy. (by Et Seqq)


“On the contrary, Madame Speaker,” retorted Lenny indignantly, “I think the microcosm represented by the colony of highly active fungi currently swirling about my foot is a highly apposite subject for discussion in a forum on mushrooms—in stark contradistinction (if I may say so) to the highly touted cynosure of our keynote speaker, the genome sequence of the Périgord truffle, which quite frankly makes me want to scratch my foot from sheer boredom.” (by saintdufus)


It was that very afternoon that we happened upon Nine Oaks Farm, a perfect microcosm of the village at large - tidy, prosperous, comfortable - where we stayed for the rest of the month while Miss McDonough studied butterflies (hoping to catch enough of the local Painted Lady butterflies to contradistinguish the British variety from that in her native Virginia) and Neddy, the cynosure of all local female eyes because of his classic beauty, wrote love songs in the hayloft, leaving me to sit by the kitchen window searching for apposite words to describe the beauty of the surrounding landscape. (by cusheamus)


The television show American Idol can be seen in some ways as a microcosm of competitive life itself with its participants working hard to contradistinguish each other, with its tribulations, victories and disappointments, and with the march of time moving everyone inexorably toward the final crowning of the most apposite cynosure. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, March 16, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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