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 life of a consultant is a recurring daymare: travel long distances to satisfy the client's atavistic need for physical proximity; endure a daily regimen of obtaining building security clearance, finding a free desk, and struggling to get on the network; then do the work and deliver the result, good or bad, with the finesse of a sommelier, so the client appreciates its body or legs or nose or something and doesn't spit. (by QuaQua)


Feeling as out of place as a sommelier working at Wendy's, Simeon endured the daymare of only being able to practice his yoga regimen while the atavistic muscle-heads looked on in amusement. (by stephanosbacon)


My new regimen for improving mental health and keeping my grandiosity in check -- including the ingestion of various psychotropics four times a day -- was working just dandily until I had a daymare while I was sitting at my favorite wine and tapas bar: as the sommelier presented a bottle of ‘96 Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe, a vestigial tail poked out the back of my burgundy robe, growing long enough to wrap its creepy tip around the neck of the wine bottle and strong enough to rip the bottle out of the sommelier’s hands, thrusting it to the tile floor in a horrendous crash; it was my great grandmother, Mother Mary, who whispered into my neonatal ears that an alcoholic avatar of Vishnu had come again, such incarnations being, in our family, atavistic. (by Bovinity)


This year's viticulture and oenology convention was dominated by a concern for historical authenticity, a consensus that winemakers should abandon their modern production regimens and return to the atavistic practices of ancient Egypt, a move which the sommeliers in attendance knew would make their lives into an extended daymare of offended palates and complaining customers. (by Rudi)


One recurring daymare that his strict 18-calorie-per-day regimen seemed to have brought on would strike him in church or at an important business meeting or while inspecting the label on a Chateauneuf du Pape that some sommelier held out just so for him -- when suddenly he'd be seized by an atavistic urge to strip and disrupt the proceedings, alternately beating his chest and dragging his knuckles as he bolted for the door. (by Lash)


The regimen required to retrain the atavistic Hulk Hogan as a sommelier was a continuing daymare for Hulk and instructors alike. (by Mouse)
The Quandary for Tuesday, November 03, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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