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:


Hoping to regain her affection I employed all available pyrotechnics (chocolates, flowers, compliments) in my charm offensive, and our makeup date was going well indeed, but just as I whispered to her that our hearts were again “rataplanning as one,” the romantic climax came to a very dissonant cadence: she said she couldn't hear me over the din, she hissed at my choice of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture as mood music, and said she'd much rather listen to Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. (by Rudi)


'Rataplan, rataplan,' tapped the woodpecker, sounding a virtuosic, pyrotechnic charm offensive in search of a mate, barely pausing to cadence before starting up again. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, July 04, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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