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:


David hired an enthusiastic team of professional organizers to purge his tatterdemalion dwelling, but as they turtled in the ungodly mess, even these cheery optimists conceded they could achieve at best a Pyrrhic victory, one which would come at the cost of great exhaustion and yield nothing but more space for the kipple to propagate. (by Rudi)


After turtling in the flooded basement for a good hour rummaging through our kipple, he emerged looking tatterdemalion, with our childhood album in his hands, proud of his Phyrric victory over the stench and the gunk. (by QuaQua)


Some would have called it a Pyrrhic Victory at best, the destruction of that tatterdemalion temple of kipple, but to Katherine it was the supreme joy to watch the look on her step-mothers face as the place was razed to dust while they carted the turtled old harpy off to the most fetid state run home for the elderly she could find. (by gumo420)


Though it was now Tuesday morning, the table was still covered with the tatterdemalion kipple of Sunday brunch and Harry could see amongst the scattered remains of food, serving dishes, newspapers, utensils, and a bowl turned turtle completely (perhaps during Mrs. Leighton's dying convulsions) a little trail of mouse droppings, which proclaimed a sad Pyrrhic victory for the mouse, who had undoubtedly eaten more of the strychnine-laden fruit compote than was good for him. (by cusheamus)


Picking his way gingerly through a proliferating mound of household kipple - torn press cuttings, abandoned gadgets, moth-eaten clothing, disregarded sundries - he stumbled upon one mouldering box turned turtle, its contents spread adrift across the floor, with uppermost a bleached photo of his young self as a carefree tatterdemalion, whose Pyrrhic victory it had subsequently been to secure fame and fortune at the cost of all self-esteem. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 10, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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