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:


Vestiges of a dressing Lester became increasingly hard to spot as his new and dazzling suit engulfed him (this purchase was his first venture into haute couture—a custom design named “Gordian Knot”), prompting his girlfriend, the debacle's sole witness, to ask aloud how she had gotten tangled up with another man versed only in the theory, not the praxis of titivation. (by Rudi)


The secretive, enigmatic StaxKnot virus design was theoretically Gordian but, by integrating obfuscating elementary titivation of desktop images for general praxis, escaped detection by its vestigial compartmentalization in multiple common software applications. (by docephesus)


Not for Bertie the accustomed praxis of tying a common-or-garden Windsor Knot, by Jove - no, nothing less than a dashed unfathomable Gordian Knot would serve to titivate the old amour-propre today of all days, when every other vestige of blissful, barmy bachelordom must forthwith be renounced for the trammels of sober matrimony. (by Et Seqq)


In theory, the general tidying and titivation of young Martin Crabalocker should have presented only moderate difficulties; but in praxis it proved to be a problem of gordian proportions, demanding every last vestige of sartorial invention from Aunt Wanda--and even then, the gods were not appeased until a thumbtack had been firmly driven into the ass of a Joan Rivers voodoo doll, whereupon everything fell into place at last, and our journey to the chapel could finally commence. (by saintdufus)


Waiting for me on the waterfront was Magdalena who, titivated in a colorful light summer dress and in full praxis of her enchanting beauty and charm, vied to summon back any last vestige of my affection, but I could not overcome our gordian history, in particular the time she had spent a weekend partying with the pool boy, and I rejected her idea of getting back together. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 13, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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