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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  • #5075 submitted 07/31/2013: cognoscenti, coppice, pinchbeck, residuum

    The cognoscenti of blueberries know that the best can be found growing on the banks of a forest pond or among the residuum of a recently harvested coppice of young oak, and this wild fruit will be vastly superior to the pinchbeck varieties on offer in farmers' markets -- never mind the stuff they sell at a place like Walmart.

  • #5072 submitted 07/29/2013: auspices, shipwrecky, suffuse, coaptation

    "I feel this forced coaption of a Debbie Reynolds nose on a Robert de Niro face," purred the fantastically peruasive esthetic surgeon, who did not practice under the auspices of any licensing board or professional organization, "will suffuse your physiognomy with a post-modern, shipwrecky sort of aura, very much in the spirit of noted architect Frank Gehry."

  • #5069 submitted 07/28/2013: pica, doula, maverick, dreck

    The ex-governor was famous as a political maverick, but her culinary unorthodoxy was a closely-guarded secret: namely, when, in her adolescence, she worked as a doula in remote Eskimo settlements, she developed an irresistible craving for the dreck that is the residue of natural childbirth, and this odd pica, in turn, accounted for her vehement opposition to medically assisted abortion.

  • #5065 submitted 07/27/2013: pica, portend, cineast, additament

    "In my appetite for film I have developed a kind of pica, as it were," wrote the enormously influential cineast in his weekly column, "and I find I am only interested in consuming snuff movies straight out of the box, with no distracting additaments of plot or character development; what this portends for the Hollywood star system I am not prepared to say."

  • #5062 submitted 07/26/2013: pica, lethargy, labile, cyclopean

    As a young woman Marjorie had been known for her vivacity, her labile appetite for exotic cuisines and an equally voracious passion for reading, but in later years she developed a severe case of pica which induced a profound lethargy in her movements and caused her to balloon to cyclopean proportions, and an autopsy revealed that at the time of her death her body was composed of 95% recycled paper.

  • #5061 submitted 07/25/2013: meed, eviscerate, repertoire, dispositive

    "The Court can award no meed and must dismiss your lawsuit for the wrongful death of your son," ruled the judge, "for section 32(a) of the Florida statute is dispositive of your claim, insofar as it explicitly states that when a citizen feels threatened by the wearing of a hooded sweatshirt or low-slung, baggy, denim trousers, the citizen is not limited to a conventional repertoire of defensive measures such as the discharge of a firearm, but may also 'tie the offending party to the rails in the path of an oncoming freight train, instill hemlock into his ear, or' --as was the case here-- 'eviscerate the offending party from sternum to groin by means of a sword or military bayonet.'"

  • #5060 submitted 07/24/2013: zymic, sagacity, fard, grammatology

    The retired professor of grammatology, whose former sagacity was fast giving way to dementia, farded her cheeks with the zymic effusions from a crock of red cabbage that was turning into sauerkraut on the floor of her pantry and made her way to the local men's prison, where she hoped to volunteer her time helping the inmates to diagram their sentences.

  • #5057 submitted 07/23/2013: sook, levity, aseptic, sidle

    After hearing himself rebuked by the Head Nurse in front of the whole unit for having disturbed the serious and aseptic tone of the Structured Discussion Hour with his "puerile outburst of levity," the pathological sook sidled off into an obscure corner of the ward and dissolved, trembling, into silent tears of shame.

  • #5054 submitted 07/22/2013: olid, roundelay, chicanery, quillet

    In a particularly olid bit of chicanery, the con artist persuaded a jury to award him the rights to the line, "Na, na, na, na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na," which recurs in the Lennon/McCartney roundelay "Hey Jude", by purporting to prove he had composed it himself back in 1960, and sung it to his little sister on the occasion of his victory over her in one of their infantine quillets.

  • #5051 submitted 07/21/2013: confabulate, mither, irascible, clangor

    "I don't consider myself an irascible person," complained Mrs. Stokes to her therapist, "nor should I wish to be thought of as paranoid, but when those darned kids insist the only way they can confabulate with each other is by banging on pots in Morse code, I begin to suspect the resulting clangor is intended primarily to mither me."

  • #5047 submitted 07/20/2013: confabulate, punctilious, hawkshaw, bushwa

    "Oh, yeah, yeah, when Whitey would come down to the office and confabulate with one of our old-school hawkshaws, there was no telling what kind of crazy bushwa they'd come up with and call a 'plan'," reminisced the former bureau chief, with a wink to the jurors, "because neither one of 'em was exactly punctilious when it came to protecting innocent human life, if you know what I mean!"

  • #5045 submitted 07/19/2013: confabulate, reliquary, umbrage, rendezvous

    "Okay, group, our rendez-vous after lunch is at exactly one PM -- Mr Walker, we shall all take umbrage if you arrive late -- at the reliquary of Saint Julian over there in the East Chapel, where no less than the bishop himself has promised to confabulate with us for a few minutes, and tell us one of his tall tales about where all those little bones came from."

  • #5040 submitted 07/18/2013: cloaca, disinter, addlepated, poetaster

    After the villagers had disintered their resident poetaster from the depths of the communal cloaca into which he had tumbled headlong while attempting to relieve himself after an evening of imbibing spirits, that addlepated gentleman sought to reward them by inditing, on the spot, the following verse: "I think that I shall never see A poem as satisfying as a pee!"

  • #5037 submitted 07/17/2013: mortify, disconsolate, resplendent, gobbet

    Surely Sister Agnesia is resplendent now, as she floats among the clouds up in Heaven, her silvery wings and satin robe illuminated by the glow of her halo, but back on earth her survivors in the convent remain disconsolate at the memory of how she mortified her body, with whips and fasting, until all that was left was an inert gobbet of flesh.

  • #5033 submitted 07/16/2013: sconce, quisling, booboisie, scabrous

    Yes, and those are from my great uncle Vilmer, who was considered quite the quisling during the Occupation, a circumstance which has occasioned my family no end of scabrous difficulties with the local booboisie over the years -- still, you can't deny the beauty of those solid gold sconces!

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