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:



He had the rectitude to lead the legislative effort to protect the endangered vernal pool microcosm, but was reluctant to be praised for his actions, even with litotes such as “a not unsubstantial task” or “not bad, especially for a beginner”, so when asked to attend an awards ceremony, his bunbury – a grandmother who quite often was admitted to the hospital for a heart condition -- suddenly took ill and required his immediate attention.

(by wordgirl)


If this sentence is a microcosm of the personality of its author, we may conclude that it is not unlike him to employ litotes, and furthermore we must question his rectitude, for he appears to have the devious habit of excusing himself--hold on a second!--to meet a fictitious friend before his work is done, a bunburry who--one moment!--won't wait for him to complete... (by Rudi)


"This attack on Big Bird is no trivial matter", said Vice-Presidential candidate Joel Ryden in one of his infamous litotes, "it is an example of our opponents' lack of moral rectitude, a microcosm of the America they want to impose on us, an America in which mothers can no longer use bunburies to avoid other unwanted engagements as in 'No, Mildred, I cannot volunteer at your charity today; Tommy has swallowed Elmo's voice generator.' " (by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 11, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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