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:


The president of the company was convinced that one of the junior employees was, “nothing but a whippersnapper guilty of tergiversation, sneaking out to go work for our rival, Dynatec, taking with him a quadrate container holding the prototype of a new security device which uses a laser to detect deviations in the axial component of a rotating locking mechanism”.

(by wordgirl)


So this whippersnapper at the repair shop, he doesn't know much about axial rotation, like, what you need for it to happen, and I say this because that “tire” he put on my Subaru, I swear it was quadrate, and when I asked him “Did you think this was gonna work?” he was TT, you know, total tergiversation.

(by Rudi)


The young whippersnapper member of the new left-leaning political party responded with the sort of tergiversation expected of inexperienced and idealistic people, rather than a clear, simple, quadrate answer to the membership with regard to the benefits of compromise with, and supposed axial ideological alignment with, Democrats and other parties having established power.

(by bloviator)


Once I had carefully skewered the latest trainee (overweening little whippersnapper that he had proved), and generously basted his leisurely axial rotations, I served him up to my senior partner, who, despite justly condemning the lad as a tergiversatory, ungrateful cad, pronounced the quadrate lobe of his liver succulent to perfection.

(by Bud Myte)


When the day of his physics oral exam finally arrived, young Popps Soloaded, the hedonistic scion of the Soloaded estate and a whippersnapper who wallowed in the delusion that he was God's gift to all science, was asked to determine the velocity of a quadrate body spinning around an axial elastic string, but his usual overconfidence sank first into a fumbling tergiversation, and then into a farcical free for all after one of his examiners suggested that "maybe you want to call your rich papa or perhaps your butler for some assistance". (by Sami)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 16, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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