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 two columnists of the Pleasantville Gazette seem to be at apastron in their shifting opinions of the mayor, with one pundit now offer panegyrics to a leader she sees as charming and simpatico, while the other accuses him of hiding like a turtle in the face of danger and making executive decisions as slowly as such a shell-covered reptile. (by Rudi)

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I never found the young whippersnapper at all simpatico as an undergraduate, particularly after his incompetence as cox caused our rowing eight to turn turtle in the Boat Race; so I had no hesitation in declining the Provost's invitation to write a panegyric on his premature elevation to a Professorship in Astronomy - especially since his 'fundamental breakthrough' on binary star orbits had owed its few insights to my own detailed corrections of his hopelessly muddled miscalculations of apastron distance. (by Et Seqq)

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The story of the Great Turtle (that astronomical constellation which appears to "turn over" when its stars are at apastron) was first related in a panegyric of Simpaticos, the Greek fabulist from whose congenial and agreeable nature we also derive our word "simpatico." (by saintdufus)

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Fifteen of us researchers in white lab coats gathered at the funeral home to test the hypothesis that dead people do in fact turn over in their graves when their relations say or do shocking things, and Rosalinda started reading a scathing panegyric of her dead mother lying in front of us, calling her 'a conniving whore' and 'at apastron to her simpatico husband as one can possibly be', but our measuring instruments detected nary a hint of turtling from the cadaver. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Sunday, April 10, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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