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:


Have they not one iota of sense, these frenzied groundlings who pack themselves together in kebabs, just to hear the stertorous grunts of their superstar? (by Rudi)


At the Groundling Theatre, who was some miles away from trendy restaurants and kebab shops, in one of those nights of the year 2345, when magic shows were presented, and the groundling kept on applauding, only those who gave more than an iota about Hyginus’ Fabulae, murmured stertorously, somehow almost sounding as a strange sotto voce, along with Mr. Itys, the magician, the magic spells, spellbound themselves by the magic transformation of a swallow, a nightingale and a hawk, locked in a big cage, into the well known actors called Progne, Philomela and Tereus, Tereus being Mr. Itys’ father, an old actor known to beguile everyone with seductive words. (by Margot Jack)


Come on, ye freepin groundlings, ye guttersnipes, step up fer some lovely gristle kebabs, all strang along them there rusty skewers like it was a string a' freepin pearls, along o' them tasty fribbles, squits, orts, and iotas, and if that ain't enough to make yer breathe heavy, if it don't rouse yer stertor, ya dismal loobies, nuthin will! (by cusheamus)


I had developed a dark fascination for this new art form and was not put off one iota by the extremes of drunken stertor or the calls for blood from the groundlings that surrounded me and passed garlic laden kebabs from vendor to patron beneath my nose as I cheered unabashedly for Hakeem “the Mad Turk” Brochinsky to pummel senseless Sam “The Awesome Outlaw” Bass in their ultimate cage match. (by gumo420)


Having kebabbed half a dozen of the lilliputian crew on a splinter, Polyphemus retired for his siesta, dozing stertorously; until - without an iota of compassion - Odysseus awoke him with a string of stentorious gibes - 'Boor! Groundling! Churl! Barbarian! - and in promptly ramming the greasy log into the Cyclops' eye only added injury to insult. (by Bud Myte)


We'd sneak out after dad went to bed, buy kebabs from the streetside vendor outside the theater with the two rupees mom secretly handed us, join the hundreds of groundlings (people with more money sat on benches), make little mounds of the sand to sit on, giggle as someone invariably nodded off stertorously, and watch the second show (late night showing) with dropped jaws and without an iota of care. (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 20, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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