Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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We learnt on the grapevine that a rival research group had some weeks ago adumbrated a few of our less significant findings, but were publicly feigning ignorance of our own work; so it was that we awaited their 'coup de main' of overhasty publication, and were then much gratified to be able to denigrate their uncorroborated results with dignified contumely.
(by Et Seqq)


If I may adumbrate the key points of Admiral Ballsey's rather brilliant coup de main, sir: he had the cleverness to feign a tactical withdrawal, and went so far as to moon the captain of the other vessel (as if by this salvaging of dignity to sweeten the bitter pill of defeat); and then, when Captain Slaggers had taken the bait and dropped his own trousers in retaliation, Ballsey swiftly reversed course and, launching across the starboard bow a barrage of rancorous contumely, opened fire on the Albatross, quite literally catching Slaggers with his pants down, and winning the day.

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Friday, July 22, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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