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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The aging mandarin sat in his favorite spot under the gnarled pine tree overlooking the harbor, where he liked to read from the works of the great philosophers and ponder the imponderable, and wondered if there was any way to exculpate himself from the consequences of his actions as a younger man -- when he encouraged his fellows to reach out to the world at large and invite trade with the westerners -- and the difficulties that had arisen from those interactions, when his reverie was interrupted by the arrival of a ship in the harbor below, and one did not need to be an expert in vexillology to recognize the flag that was flying – a bold Union Jack.

(by wordgirl)

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Ladies and germs, we are gathered here today in this Zoroastrian temple, clad in the most somber raiment we could find (except for that man, who has unfortunately chosen to show up wearing nothing but a chutney-colored turban), to posthumously exculpate a man once described as "dead sexy" by none other than Fat Bastard himself: Mr. Slartibartfast "Bart" Hornsworth, vexillologist to the stars, mandarin prose stylist, and ponderer of imponderables, who passed away quite absurdly Tuesday last, when a 600-pound tightrope walker slipped from her treacherous highwire and plummeted onto the startled Bart, crushing the life from the beloved Navajo ere he could be cleared of blame in the Peterson Sausage Heist, with which (we feel reasonably certain) he had not the slightest involvement.

 

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Thursday, June 14, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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