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:


Joe now faced a nodus in his relationship with Sally, in that, although he considered himself deserving of a smile, she applied a moratory tactic, presenting him instead with a frightful moue, which she threatened to wear until he scrubbed the floor or found a compurgator who could attest to his innocence with respect to its beer-soaked, chip-littered condition. (by Rudi)


“So, here’s the nodus” the compurgator said, “I am now wearing this horrible moue because I didn’t know our client had created a moratory that caused this man to have his paycheck delayed for thirty two days!” (by bassoongirl)


As he sat in the Bankruptcy Court a moue of dissatisfaction appeared on His Lordship’s florid face as he realised that his compurgator, far from endorsing the moratory of His Lordship’s debts to the vintners, exacerbated the nodus of his impecunity by bringing to the attention of the court the unpaid bills from his latest fancy dress ball, at which several revellers, having partaken of a little too much claret, had decided to divest themselves of their costumes and swim in the lake, resulting in their being fined for disorderly conduct, and the costumes being stolen by those disgruntled neighbors who had not been invited to the ball. (by Queen of East Pond)


'Here we encounter the nodus of this case,' he continued, 'in that having - probably under duress - agreed to stand as compurgator for the notorious pimp, what does she do in court but make a moue of sublime indifference when asked if she can vouch for the defendant, who, it transpired, had for some weeks adopted moratory fiscal policies when it came to paying his girls their weekly wages.' (by Et Seqq)


"I am not some Tammy Wynette standing by my man" raged the candidate's wife and self-appointed compurgator in a brazen attempt to diffuse the bimbo eruption nodus, but the candidate himself made his irresistible trademark moue and was far away dreaming of an imaginary world where he could enjoy a perpetual moratory decree on all debts, marital and political. (by Sami)


The judge’s declaration of a moratorium on payments, due to the depth of the nodus upon which the contract was based, drew impuissant objections and distressed moue from both the plaintiff and his compurgator’s. (by gumo420)


For Bartleby, the nodus of the trial occurred when his star compurgator--a stolid tax accountant whose testimony was supposed to have bolstered the moratory validity of his client's fiscal deferments--lapsed unexpectedly into a sulky moue on the stand, squirming in her seat and pouting about "I want some crackers...I won't continue until I get some crackers..." (by saintdufus)


The financials exposed the underlying nodus of the case, its growing complexity tasking the plaintiffs' stamina, especially upon threats from the biased arbiter – with her built-in smirks, frowns and moues – to motion for moratory of their top revenue stream after ruthlessly dismantling their accountants’ testimony as primary compurgators. (by docephesus)
The Quandary for Thursday, April 14, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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