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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Cindy had always found her boyfriend's solicitiousness off-putting, but she had never expressed the point directly, until one evening he showed up wearing John Lennon glasses to impress her (she was a Beatles fan), and they got into a fiery argument that resulted in the shedding of his spectacles and her periphrastic disguises. (by Rudi)


Mrs. Deever, ever solicitous of her friend’s opinion, didn’t comment on Martha’s periphrastic description of her yard sale as “An opportunity for strangers to pick at the remnants of a life spent in thankless toil before the grave finally closes over you,” but simply concentrated on placing fiery organza lampshades, albums by Eric Clapton and David Bowie, their cardboard sleeves flecked with wear, and poor Arthur’s lopsided John Lennon glasses in attractive formations on the decorating table set up over the yellow-spotted grass patch in front of her home. (by Sensil)


Deeply desirous of remaining solicitous to his entreaties I found myself, instead, engaged in an internal dialog on the relative merits of his outdated John Lennon glasses as he doused his fiery discharge with unrelenting periphrasis. (by gumo420)


"Do you think, maybe," hazarded the vicar, soulfully soliciting his wife's solicitous solace, "if I were, perhaps, to don or otherwise furnish myself with a pair, a brace, a twosome of those groovy - what do you call 'em - John Lennon glasses, that they might in their unspectacular (hm, hm)selves just go some small way towards disguising, or rather compensating for, my propensity, well, my inclination, how shall I put it, my penchant . . . verily I say unto you, my quasi-involuntary espousal of the circumlocutory, - or if you will - the periphrastic mode of righteous convivial discourse; or would that be venturing one giant step too far into the burning fiery furnace of contemporary mores?" (by Bud Myte)


"My dear Miss Sinclair", he murmured solicitously, "let us eschew laborious periphrasis and come straight to the point: those John Lennon glasses, which give you a vague air of benevolent owlishness, are the perfect disguise for someone of your fiery and cross-grained temperament." (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, December 08, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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