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:


The display of sheer arrogance beggared belief: while our supervisor crowed with self-congratulatory delight at our department’s recent increase in efficiency and described his “methods” in highfalutin terms, in reality his homunculus argument was as feeble as his intellect—anyone with half a brain recognized him as an apparatchik of the highest order, a man whose primordial and incurable incompetence stymied productivity and burdened even the simplest daily operations with unnecessary complications. (by possibilitygirl)


Upon entering the laboratory I was initially taken aback by the Professor's uncharacteristically highfalutin demeanor, strutting round the central workbench pontificating about his work in the field of primordial biology to a congregation of apparatchik grad students and technicians, but as the Professor uncovered the shrouded beaker at the centre of the bench the reason for this atypical smugness was soon revealed, with a gasp from the crowd: a perfectly formed homunculus, resembling his own visage, suspended, in repose, in the beaker. (by alaistair)


Abelard was the kind of homunculus who had a sort of primordial air about him, as though the incipient residue of creation somehow lingered at the edges of his tiny form (apologies for the highfalutin verbiage); but at times he seemed very much a creature of this age, as for instance when he fell from the rafters with a baleful cry and landed on the combed-over pate of that brown-nosing apparatchik Hanrahan, and began viciously yanking out tuft after satisfying tuft of the startled bureaucrat's waning coiffure--a truly sublime spectacle to behold, which I was fortunate to capture on my iPhone (check it out on YouTube, search for "homunculus barber"). (by saintdufus)


Primordially an autocrat, President Hugo surrounded himself with a coterie of loyal apparatchiks, gaining their support with his violent rhetoric, mixing the crass and the highfalutin, like for example the time he disdainfully compared democracy and campaigning for votes to "performing cunnilingus on a homunculus". (by Sami)
The Quandary for Friday, April 22, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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