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:


Divested of his mephitic, loathsome rags, the uncouth stranger revealed himself to be an autochthonous forest troll, his mangled features coarsely belligerent, his grotesque body hirsute, with a ludicrous, vestigial tail dangling limply behind him. (by Et Seqq)


These autocthonous wildflowers had been a perfect gift for Judy, an admirer of the flora of her native Maine, but now the bouquet had wilted, and its aroma had turned mephitic; still Judy changed the water, unwilling to divest herself of the flowers and their foul aroma, the last vestiges of a fouled romance. (by Rudi)


The fair mermaids, autochthonous to the region of Sule Skerry, chose to divest themselves of their tails, shedding vestigial appendages now shrunken and mephitic with ill-use. (by agoldie)


Huddled in a narrow doorway where perhaps he took refuge from the mephitic gases of the volcano, the autochthonous Pompeiian is preserved in his last living position, without disturbance or disarticulation, his ashen feet still showing vestiges of 2000-year old sandals and the marks of his dying attempt to divest himself of the chain binding his ankles. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, July 13, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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