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:


Lara stood at the door with the smoking gun, in boots covered with hard bits of snow from the sastrugi she had treaded on her way, having doffed Komaravsky's avoirdupois over other Christmas-party-goers with a single shot, yet unsuccessful, as Dr. Zhivago found out, in applying her bookish knowledge of shooting a man dead even at such close range. (by QuaQua)


My husband had been traveling all through the windy night when at last I saw him crossing the snowy hill from the deer-shed, struggling a bit to hawl his considerable avoirdupois over the sastrugi; I smiled as he stomped in and doffed his fur-trimmed coat and hat, for I could see that he was eager to resume his quiet, bookish life until the next Christmas season would call him back to action. (by roch)


The newly minted explorer, panting, doffed his overcoat and grinned at the sastrugi ahead, knowing that with sustained effort he could carry his avoirdupois across the icy obstacles that his bookish life had only allowed him to contemplate from afar. (by Rudi)


My bookish neighbor, whose truly startling avoidupois prompts him to hire other people to do most of what needs to be done in and around his house, yesterday had a quartet of shivering Hondurans wading around in the snow trying, with backpacked, gasoline-powered blowers, to blow leaf-clogged sastrugi off his lawn (they having first doffed their hearing protectors, the better to understand each other's shouts). (by cusheamus)


Though I truly hated winter even my bookish nature was challenged by the first snow which carried a flash of excitement and an abrupt increase in my usually slight avoirdupois as I wrestled myself into the bulky attire necessary to assault the sastruga outside my window; until I realized that, in the time it took me to prepare, the city snowplows had turned wonderland into crap-land and immediately doffed the cumbersome snow suit and returned to the comfort of my dreams of warmer climes. (by gumo420)


As from afar they heard the City Waits noising the splendid avoirdupois of the mayoral goose, here, huddled together in the biting cold, three elderly graveside mourners - reluctantly doffing their hats to expose wind-swept sastrugi of snowy locks - remarked the sad passing of their Oxford colleague, the diminutive, bookish don, Dr. Sod. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 16, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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