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:


As I understand it, ma'am, these accusations of dipsomania began on a stormy beach vacation -- a cruel baptism of fire for a new bride with astraphobia -- the end result being this video your husband has; showing you, intoxicated, emerging from the sea-foam like Aphrodite, covered in clinquant dulse, reflecting the sky-fire like Christmas tinsel on a delirious, drunken conifer. (by mediaprophet)


The first-time sailor, home for Christmas after his baptism of fire, recoiled from the clinquant on the tree, revealing his new fear of seaweed as well as his exacerbated astraphobia: was that shimmering stuff more disgusting dulse for supper, or the sign of another electrical storm? (by Rudi)


As he attempted to collect some dulse for dinner, preoccupied with his responsibility of deciding Iceland's religion, Thorgeir slipped and fell into the sea; the underwater struggle that ensued would be his baptism of fire, for the next day, despite his astraphobia, from atop the law-rock that lay along the treeless expanse of the continental divide, he declared Iceland a Christian nation, and promptly tossed statues of pagan gods into the clinquant waterfall, known today as Godafoss. (by QuaQua)


Translucent dulse, clinquant on the rocks at low tide, requires harvesters to clamber over the exposed slippery stones where the greater risk is not even of a conventional baptism by water, but more apt to be on summer afternoons a baptism of fire, when the fierce thunderstorms in the Bay of Fundy make astraphobes of even the bravest. (by cusheamus)


The pyrotechnics unleashed a clinquant sparkle across the open sea that delighted many of the passengers; but Thurman saw it as yet another assault upon his crumbling resolve to continue this absurd journey for he suffered, unbeknownst to the rest of us, cruelly, under the circumstances, from astraphobia and it was the final peel of thunder that drove him from the ship and into the field of dulse, mistaking it for an island in the shifting light, and thus putting an end to his personal baptism of fire. (by gumo420)


"Arrrr, ho, ho, ho, pal," rumbled a rebarbative, indigent sidewalk Santa, ruddy-breasted, clinquant-clad, stupendously Brahms 'n' Liszt, obstructively and unseasonably cudgeling alms while heedlessly triggering both my astraphobia and my ineluctable r-ho-pal-icit-udina-rianis-trixity*; whereupon I felt impelled to respond in kind with a robust if ironically unfestive 'Go two, thou bawdy rascal, vamoose, rubicund ---' correctly surmising that the single transgressive homonymic makeshift might elude his lexical scrutiny; but, e'en before I had wit enow to formulate this cerebration, eftsoons he hailed me, spewing bloody imprecations (with spatterings of 'fucus') through his dulse-skeined beard, riposting with some vigour 'Wha' d' ya call me, ya piece o' shite, a ruby what?' - and in a twinking I regretted my bluff rejoinder, taking to my heels, severely and severally traumatised by his sartorial coruscation, his noxious dyspnoea, and (most of all) by my wan solecism - truly a hibernal baptism of fire and brimstone. *rhopalicitudinarianistrismus (Ger.): rare condition - the compulsion to spin out (Ausspinnung) stray concatenations of verbiage, asymptotically attaining semantic torpor through alphanumeric expansion. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 23, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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