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:


"Is this another olla podrida?", he glowered through the glass lid of our crock-pot, where I, clearly a sleiveen for pretending to have made a nice dinner, had put all things from the fridge that were about to go bad (if they hadn't already), including the red wine that's been open for a week, which he would have otherwise deemed not potable. (by QuaQua)


That sleiveen of a bartender at Sláinte won't get my tip, after promising to make his fantastic “secret special,” then serving me an olla podrida (I thought this was an Irish, not a Spanish bar!) of bottle dregs and glowering at me when I asked to know what was in the non-potable mixture. (by Rudi)


Our nominally Spanish family was really an olla podrida of nationalities, from father Berto to his sneaky slibhin of a wife from County Offaly, along with her daughter from a former marriage, the sulky, perpetually glowering Moira, then Chin-Hwa adopted from Korea, Benno from Egypt and finally me, Angharad from Wales - who makes the whole murky brew, if I do say so myself, a lot more potable. (by cusheamus)


Do you have what it takes to grab this sleiveen of life by the hair and wring from its tricks and lies the potable wine of life and not glower like child when you spill a drop and, if the trickster is not done, and it changes that sweet wine to a vile and tasteless olla podrida, will you then have the strength and will to spread your own soul’s spice into its broth and bring it round and share the brew without regret? (by gumo420)


For all its ostensible variety, somehow I was beginning to tire of the menu's unchanging hodgepodge of salmagundi, goulash, macédoine, potpourri, olla podrida, smorgasbord, olio, gallimaufry, hash, and that mélange of other imponderable miscellanies exclusively on offer; but the chef glowered at me so long and hard when I quipped one evening that I would like - just for a change - to partake only of a medley of mangled comestibles freshly garnered from among the assorted garbage that cluttered the jumble of alleyways running behind his restaurant 'The Shady Cozener' that I quickly settled for the usual mishmash, washed down of course with a tot of mine sleiveen host's most potable poteen, failing which I doubt that I would have cared ever to cross the old rogue's threshold. (by Et Seqq)


"It's potable, I promise," whined the sleiveen as I glowered suspiciously at the lumpy bowl of olla podrida he ladled out of the pot. (by Sarah)
The Quandary for Wednesday, March 17, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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