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:


At the winter solstice a decadent Apollo - once the beardless, puerile god of vibrant youth - tarries not, but festers fast away in ochre despond. (by Et Seqq)


An hour in the doctor's waiting room: gray chairs, ochre carpet faded in places to dijon mustard and dotted with small tarry spots like pepper grains, and the air freighted with one-sided cellphone conversations, each more puerile and banal than the one before (my particular favorite being a lengthy description of a putatively empty Servin' Saver which turned out on closer inspection to harbor the festering remains of the Fourth of July potato salad). (by cusheamus)


When a substitute kindergarten teacher opined that Johnny's use of bright yellow finger-paint to depict soil was a puerile artistic choice ("You meant burnt ochre, right, you dumb brat? Now don't tarry — fix it!"), she caused a wound in the budding expressionist's psyche that would fester throughout his schooling, his adolescent addictions, his many years of cognitive behavioral therapy, and even his first triumphant exhibit at MOMA, to which the teacher was not invited. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, August 03, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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