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:


That jumped-up little pip-squeak of an agent, that infuriating cockalorum with his persistent umbra of stale gin, had the sheer nerve to draw attention to my 'ever more generous embonpoint', when everyone knows that the fleshly supermodel is now as much in demand as, mutatis mutandis, she was in the Edwardian era.

(by Et Seqq)


A recently released study revealed that men with some embonpoint make a better income than their svelter counterparts, so I indulged and binged on more than a few excessive meals for about a month and, mutatis mutandis, headed out to my job interview with the springy gait and confidence of a decorated cockalorum, but a nefarious umbra bedevilled my karma and my heart sank to my ankles when I entered the room and my (thin) interviewer burst out laughing and then asked: "so how long have you been... er... fat?  Let us not be afraid of the word, you are fat!" (by Sami)


"Today we shall study counterpoint, needlepoint, and embonpoint," I announced--whereupon a hand shot up at the back of the classroom, and some cocksure cockalorum who, mutatis mutandis, might well have passed for "Chucky" from Child's Play, retorted: "Embonpoint means plumpness, sir" (and it was at this moment that, quietly chanting an ancient incantation, I held aloft a curiously-carved figurine--like unto a "Rainbow Brite" doll except that it was wrought of the purest shimmering tungsten--and channeled the rays of the sun in such a way that a dark and gloomy umbra fell upon my startled interlocutor, blotting him from the sight, sound, and memory of the living for seven days).

(by saintdufus)


Sold on his own number-theoretic acumen, Professor Cockalorum stated pompously, “From the premise 1+1=2 it follows, mutatis mutandis, that an+bn=cn has no non-zero solution for n>2,” but due to an umbra cast on the blackboard by his considerable embonpoint, I was unable to read his proof. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Friday, June 10, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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