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:


The homeowner-turned guttersnipes of the nation would have rather lost their houses to El nino-induced hurricane than to the banks that failed to offer any palliating support, blaming a financial system that has indemnified itself to no end. (by QuaQua)


Mr. Kupeck's stress levels were running high already with the thought of El NiƱo-induced storm surges wreaking havoc on his new ocean front villa, and the unexpected appearance in the sanctum of his pool house of some dirty guttersnipe demanding $5000 as indemnity against "something unfortunate" happening to his beloved schnauzer did little to palliate his anxiety. (by Eli)


As a special concession, and a minor palliative to the rigours of a hard winter, the civic authorities declared entry to the municipal baths over the Christmas holidays free to the under sixteens, quickly drawing every penniless guttersnipe from the surrounding tenements into the warmly welcoming waters of 'El Nino' - the largest pool, and with a wave machine to boot - inciting the local gentry immediately to seek indemnity against their own aquatic progeny contracting scurvy, rickets, and dropped aitches. (by Et Seqq)


The dying banker spent his days in palliative care glued to the Weather Channel, but finally flipped when he saw the new meteorologist, some punk trying to forecast El Nino--it was the same guttersnipe whose loan he'd rejected a decade ago (patent nonsense about a "research" trip to Peru with no assets to offer as indemnity). (by Rudi)


The ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) climate pattern having resulted in drier than normal conditions in south-central Africa, all the thirsty little guttersnipes from the Old Naledi slum of Gaborone were attempting to palliate their misery by throwing rocks at a passing motorcade, although they had no idea whose it was (the Secretary of Water Affairs from the Ministry of Minerals, Energy, and Water Affairs, as it happened), but simply required revenge and indemnity for the loss of their parents to AIDS and their childhoods to drought and famine. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Wednesday, June 16, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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