Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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The expert witness’ demystifying of the ballistics' deadly force – by noisily smacking a cue ball into a racked billiard ball set on a authentic table in front of the jury box to analogize the injurious spallation of a thick 2 by 6 fence post by the defendant’s stray bullet – stultified the defense’s claims, provoked a volte-face of the jury’s expected "not guilty" verdict, and canorously soothed frayed nerves at the victory party that night. (by docephesus)


I was about to drop Physics 523 after Professor Partikl's stultifying lecture on spallation – a lecture which caused my cortex to vaporize and my throat to eject random grunts of incomprehension – but I did a volte-face upon hearing the canorous voice of Helen, the new teaching assistant, announcing her office hours. (by Rudi)


“I can’t carry a tune if my life depended on it”, laughed the willowy yet evil Elektra King as if being completely uncanorous was a badge of honor as long as you were honest about it, but James Bond was not stultified by her charming volte-face and he decided to test the hypothesis and to make her life dependent on it, firing a bullet at a nearby mirror causing its instantaneous spallation, and then pointing the gun at her, ordering her “Now, you shall sing!” (by Sami)


And it came to pass that I took pity on Mrs. Katz and bought her a new pencil sharpener, she having reached an impasse with the previous one by virtue of not having emptied it for three years, subsequent to which I cast her into the outer darkness (with the wailing and the gnashing of teeth and the stultifying sounds of elevator music) where you have to take your damn pencils home to sharpen them but, having taken them home and suffering sadly from extreme spallation of her wits owing to some genetic defect, she kept forgetting to bring them back to the office, so I did a volte-face and found an electric sharpener with a transparent receptacle in the front and, verily, I gave it unto her and am enjoying the sound of her reading aloud, slowly, carefully, and canorously, the directions (for operating a pencil sharpener, remember!) to herself these last ten minutes. (by cusheamus)


"It would appear, Mr. President," said Dr. Blandheimer gravely, "that the fusion of the two radioactive elements has resulted, firstly in the stultification of the nucleus, and secondly in its fragmentation into multiple nucleons, a process known as "spallation"; with the unforeseen result being that anyone who now comes in contact with this new compound lapses inexplicably into song, usually something of the Broadway variety" (and at this very moment Blandheimer did a shocking volte-face, leaping onto the president's desk and bursting into a canorous rendition of "Memories"). (by saintdufus)


After enduring for some months the stultifying routine of raking out the old cement mortar and repointing with lime, of daily wincing at the severe spallation damage to weathered sandstone quoins, and of tapping some thousands of delaminating roofing slates hoping for - just once in a while - a canorous ring of health, he made a sudden volte-face in his decision to repair the old schoolhouse, and put it back on the market. (by Et Seqq)


Constant Secchio was so stultified by the Opera House Commitee's volte-face announcement that it was withdrawing further performances of his Ballade du Hareng Fumé, that he could but wail, the canorous tones rapidly spallating into dissonant screeches of entreaty. (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 06, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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