Professor X

is not speaking to Professor Y

who is not speaking to Professor Z.

That’s because Professor Y

collaborated with Professor W

in blocking Professor X’s promotion,

Whereupon Professor Z

joined forces with Professor X

in sabotaging Professor W’s tenure.

Now, however, Professor X

requires Professor Y’s vote

in his battle against Professor Q,

Who has savaged both X and Y

in his campaign to oust their ally Professor R

and replace him with their nemesis Professor S.

They meet and agree it is to their mutual advantage

to undermine Professor Z,

who is known to support Professor Q.

Unfortunately, Professor T,

a protégé of Professor Z,

has observed them speaking.