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:


Call me an old flannelmouth, why don't you, me with my silver tongue, because far from telling you straight that our relationship was already medium dead, I said only that it had acquired over time a certain patina of chill indifference, with our recent tête-à-têtes so austerely repressed as to be positively obscurantist.

(by Et Seqq)


When Farley had reached what you might call "a nice medium dead," a sort of glaucous patina began to shimmer along the periphery of his doomed lips, signifying that the pajama-like orifice which had so long wearied my ears (for Farley was the worst kind of flannelmouth) was on the verge of giving up the proverbial ghost; and in spite of his long and despicable history of obscurantist tactics (including, but not limited to, thrusting wads of chewing gum into the ears of pygmies, so that they couldn't hear Lady Gaga songs), I actually felt a little sorry for the gangrenous bastard.

(by saintdufus)


He was a Hawaiian flannelmouth practicing obscurantism at its finest, spouting misrepresentations veiled by a thin patina of reality, lauded for his successes by being named timeshare salesman of the year for selling to evening audiences medium dead from the torpor induced by a huge luau feast.

(by wordgirl)


From my death bed, I instructed my flannelmouthed doctor who had hubristically promised to cure my diabetes: ‘Once you have determined that I am medium dead, in other words not completely dead but unconscious and getting dead shortly, you will cover my mouth with a thick patina of Nutella chocolate spread, and although you may call me obscurantist if you want, I feel no compulsion to explain to you the meaning of such a final request.’

(by Sami)


"Politicians, schmoliticians," roared my old man, starting in on one of his rants, "are all flannelmouths, telling us anything they think we want to hear, coating their saccharine obscurantism with a patina of half-truths and bald-faced lies, abandoning this country's founding principals for medium dead at best."

(by ohelbok)
The Quandary for Thursday, November 03, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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