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 convoluted, voulu artifice of the best cyrogenicists could not avert the putrescibility of the leader's corpse, for by undertaking the state's required periodic inspection of its condition they precipitated its corruption, and so were in a cleft stick, at an impasse, or stymied by a zugzwang, if you will.
(by Et Seqq)


A convoluted position arose on the chessboard, in which the Norwegian wunderkind Magnus Carlsen was able to force his opponent (the Latvian genius Alexei Shirov) into zugzwang by means of a deft zwischenzug maneuver; whereupon Shirov's sole recourse was a voulu and contrived tactical sequence, whose insufficiency he afterward proclaimed, in the post-game press conference, as "utterly putrescible."

(by saintdufus)


After a convoluted series of mishaps, I, Fro Magebleu, the internationally-acclaimed purveyor of fine cheeses to the world's top chefs and top restaurants, was saddled with a putrescible inventory of camembert with an imminent expiration date, and for the first time in my long cheesy career, I resolved the zugzwang dilemma by doubling its price and by slapping on it the voulu and recherche label of “rare superior aged camembert”.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Tuesday, July 19, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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