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 don't mean to gainsay the judges, and being shy of fire I hope my statements are not piceous in effect, but it is difficult to avoid concluding that the assessments in this poetry competition were at least... ahem... unusually munificent, given that the winner's circle is nearly as large as the pool of contestants itself, and the victorious entries include such questionable submissions as the sestina “YO, WHAAAAAAAAAAAATUP!!!!?!!?!” (sic).

(by Rudi)


At the annual gala of the Pillars of Wall Street, the winner's circle of the finance world, the keynote speaker was munificent in his praise for his colleagues' good works until a maverick young gun seized the microphone in the audience and launched into an unrelenting diatribe against bankers' excesses, gainsaying the jolly atmospherics and inflaming his elders' dark and piceous passions.

(by Sami)


Governor Mittrom was munificent in his dealings with his peers and those he felt worthy to be included in the winner’s circle, but let the state legislature propose anything to aid “those who should have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps”, and he would immediately gainsay the measure, along with a tirade from a temper as piceous as a forest floor covered with dry decomposing timber right before a thunderstorm lightning strike.

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 06, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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