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:


With a laughter that humiliated the proud Dhuryodhana, and ultimately led to the gotterdammerung of the all the Gauravas, Dhraupathi, the Pandavas' uxorial choice (she was the wife of all the five brothers), a clear neophyte at diplomacy, was able to ruin the family in one fell swoop. (by QuaQua)


Despite her name, poor Brünnhilde was a Wagnerian neophyte, unfamiliar with Der Ring, and merely fulfilling what she saw as her uxorial duty to accompany her opera-crazed husband to the production in Bayreuth, a choice she would have made differently if she had foreseen that in one fell swoop (exclaiming “fire!” when she thought she saw it on stage), she would bring about the evacuation of the Festspielhaus, the Götterdämmerung of the production, and ditto of the marriage as well. (by Rudi)


Dr. O'Malley, a retired psychiatrist and a model of uxoriousness in general, nevertheless defied his wife in the matter of home maintenance and repair, opting to try complicated plumbing and electrical work himself, even though he was a comparative neophyte (having only recently retired from practice and able to find the time for such things), until late one Tuesday evening, about four hours into his attempt to rewire the laundry room, he experienced a do-it-yourselfer's Gotterdammerung when the washing machine leak and two small electrical fires coincided in the vicinity of his right wrist, rendering him paralyzed from shoulder to fingertips, frying the "delicate" load in the machine, and surrendering the moral high ground permanently to Mrs. O'Malley, all in one fell swoop. (by cusheamus)


Wearying of serial bigamy but intent upon remaining even-handed to the last, Siggy - an inventive neophyte in the gentle art of uxoricide - determined upon dispatching his numerous wives in one fell swoop, proficiently effecting their mass immolation in the Götterdämmerung of a women's group barbecue held at the village hall. (by Et Seqq)


In the early days my neophytic response was to unleash a counter-Gotterdammerung to her uxorial tirades; until there settled upon me an epiphany and in one fell swoop all was changed since my marital phrase book now has only two sections: yes dear, and its variants, and you’re right dear, equally detailed. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Monday, March 29, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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