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:


I knew that I had not found the solace of familiar ideas as I sat in the pew listening to a very recalcitrant priest spew what struck me as borderline heresy (his oratorial panache notwithstanding), but not until my departure did I understand that a misreading of the sign outside had led me to enter an Eastern Heterodox church. (by Rudi)


'Twas some solace to the Catholic Church that Father Hormsmacker of the Grenadines, whose recalcitrance and heterodoxy on such matters as eating grapes on the Sabbath had oft been noted with displeasure, also happened to show a good deal more panache than the average friar, displaying a sartorial flamboyance which endeared him to Pope John Paul George Ringo (who, being a closet homosexual, secretly approved of ostentatious garb).

(by saintdufus)


I protested loudly at my annual review when my boss wrote in my file that I had been recalcitrant but it was little solace to me when he removed 'recalcitrant' and replaced it with the even more damning 'prides himself in promoting subversive and heterodox views with boundless panache'. (by Sami)


That swelling has got some panache, Hector the Harlequin thought to himself, appearing unannounced this gloomy Friday morning, recalcitrant to granting any solace from itching and scratching; indeed, considering the occasion he could imagine far more fortuitous disfigurements, since sporting a tumor-like brow when playing the shrewd trickster has yet to rid itself of its status as being a trait a whit too heterodox.

(by Martin)



Tarquin, 7th Viscount of Oxfuird, found solace from his acheronian existence, which had originated from the passing of his dearest spaniel Ticklelicious, in reaching new fur and gilt-trimmed nadirs of panache, and in recalcitrantly holding heterodox views on the delights of pederasty.

(by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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