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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In The Pied Gradgrind of Hamelin (the ill-fated forerunner fable to the more popular Pied Piper of Hamelin), a fact-obsessed stranger in multicolored garb retaliates against a town that has found a way to circumvent paying him for certain facts he has revealed to them, by playing his magic kazoo and luring all the facts out of the village--after which, the only knowledge left in the village is conjecture, opinion, specualtion, vagary, superstition, rumor, and what would in later times be called "inflicted insight," but which in those primitive times was referred to as "a possible consequence for subjects participating in certain kinds of research, occurring when the subject is given insight into his flaws through his participation in an experiment, often unexpectedly causing emotional pain."

 

(by saintdufus)

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Greta awoke covered in sweat, realizing that she had been dreaming about past lives which she had never lived, false memories which were part of her “inflicted insight”, emotional trauma which had scarred her soul and would never heal, the result of interrogation by the doctor with the unruly pied hair – white roots peeking out from below the red-dyed strands, a gradgrind who was determined to obtain the information he wanted despite the expected consequences to his subjects (truth be told, his “victims”) because he was able to circumvent any proscriptions against the use of torture by twisting the psychological tool of past life regression therapy to suit his purposes – that the ends justify the means.

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Sunday, February 05, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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