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:


Madame Worthington, the orator par excellence at the Women's School of Pomposity, was beckoned to the dais to receive her lifetime achievement award for her work not only as a diseuse but also as a mentor, helping fine young woman achieve grace and elegance in society, and publicly, unequivocably, dealing with the adversity of the many nefarious issues plaguing the community at the time, such as the sticky wicket of whether a young lady was expected to laugh after a gentleman made an off-color joke, or the tar baby of whether a refined debutante ought to correct an elder's grammatical mishap in front of others.

(by dwanderson)


Carine Ducepbregle, the volatile diseuse, threatened to force-feed the stage manager of the Think Theater vegetarian "chicken" nuggets when he considered vetoing her set design for her performance of Aperghis' "Recitations for solo voice": she wanted to stand on a floating dais suspended from the ceiling, but the staff stated that any accident related to this setup would cause great adversity- and now that she wasn't backing down, the situation had become a real tar baby!

(by Elijah Shiffer)


After yet another female Republican left the dais at the convention, having repeated refrains of the evils of liberalism and the administration with all the seriousness of a diseuse reciting a poem with actual gravitas, the camerawoman, no stranger to adversity even that day as an African-American woman in this venue, finally understood the intractability of her situation and knew she was dealing with a tar baby here when those illustrious and mysterious GOP attendees first starting taunting her racially and then showed the audacity to throw peanuts at her. (by Shortscribe)


The 'baby care consultant', a bona fide diseuse of nursing wisdom, advised my wife to smell the baby while holding her up "as if you're raising her on a dais" and to "make sure to keep her diaper clean, lest you end up with a tar baby or other pungent adversity." (by Sami)


Being seated next to her at a dinner was at least tolerable, because she had the politeness to shut up and listen when someone else was speaking, but when the ambassador invited her up to the dais to "say a few words", I understood he had punched the tar baby, for this self-styled diseuse was bound to rattle on for an hour or more about the legion of adversities she had had to overcome on the way to attaining her present exalted position.  (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Wednesday, May 08, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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