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:


I always thought I would die before he, my dear, dear, friend Pierre, and he would, as he has always done when I've been in trouble, appoint himself a McKenzie in my trial before God as well, drum up a callithump celebrating my life, while singing threnodies in French near my casket advising my soul to expliquer everything about my life sans faux pas as it is to the Dieu. (by QuaQua)


Grandfather had lived large, disturbing Parliament in his gallithumpian way, and as I saw him silent, dead, I wished for a McKenzie friend to advise me on the rite: to remember him with respect and a droning threnody sans even a piper or celebrate that life with a rousing callithump as he might have organized it to march in defiance of death itself! (by Grayce)


The transition from the joyful callithump of the parade to the soprano's mournful threnody for war dead, sans intermezzo, was too much for me and I lost my composure, tried to gag the soprano, and am now in jail hoping that my cousin will serve as a McKenzie adviser in my trial tomorrow. (by pbwoodruff)


I dedicate this toast to Martin, my McKenzie friend at the trial, a legal genius sans law degree, who advised me so expertly through those tortured times, that today, we recite no threnody for justice, but commence this callithump, replete with champagne and kazoos, in the name of freedom: drink up! (by Rudi)


I brought the McKenzie Family Band along for support and advice, not entirely trusting that my lawyer was sufficiently knowledgeable about folk instruments to persuade the Board of Commissioners to overlook my contribution to the Township's annual Memorial Day Parade and Callithump - during which I had interrupted the bagpipers' "Threnody for Fallen Soldiers" by banging together two metal garbage cans (sans actual garbage) - and to vote that my action was not any more criminal than "The Marine Corps Hymn" memorably rendered by Mrs. Powell's fourth grade class on washboards, thumb pianos, and musical spoons. (by cusheamus)


My dear McKenzie friend, however well-intentioned may have been your heartfelt threnody in court this morning, I had hoped only for your hushed advice, and in tearfully volunteering that I was altogether a lost cause, sans alibi, sans remorse, sans everything but the dubious honour of being the prime mover of an impromptu callithum - a disorderly, cacophonous callithump that went rollicking drunkenly about the judges' lodgings in the small hours - you scuppered any chance I had of escaping a monstrous fine for disturbance of His Lordship's peace. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, May 31, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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