Is there a verb that means the act of forcing a square peg into a round hole, so to speak? More specifically, in my case I'm facetiously suggesting that we take an absurd notion and try to fit the facts to the assertion.
What's a teensy bit harder to ____ [about/to/for] this assertion is [contradictory evidence].
The best I've come up with are reconcile and rectify, but those have more to do with our response to these facts than the act of mashing them into a space in which they cannot fit in the first place.
Explain away works, but I'd rather have a single word, if possible.
Conform is probably the most exact word I've found for what I mean, but doesn't fit into my sentence structure, and it's not particularly playful.
If I cant find a single word, I'll probably just use...
What's a teensy bit harder to square-peg into this round-hole assertion is [contradictory evidence].
...as it fits the playful, sarcastic tone, but again, I'd rather have a single word if possible.