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 acknowledged gerent of this tribe - a venerated elder - with elevated vomer nosed the salty air, scenting far beyond the bleak expanse of drumlin that obscured their bay an approaching enemy flotilla, and swiftly called upon his men to prepare arms. (by Et Seqq)


The hill on which we stand, unremarkable as it may appear, is a drumlin, my friends -- yes, this information comes straight from the vice gerent of the South Olfsonville Tourism Board and Historical Society -- and not just any drumlin, my friends, but one bequeathed to us by the famous Nose Glacier, that icy proboscis of ages past, remembered for its two nostril-shaped caves that were separated by a "vomer" ice sheet, these caves the homes of rival viking flotillas until their mutual annihilation in the Great Sneeze of 1023. (by Rudi)


What seemed like a whole flotilla of corpses (dislodged from the summit of the drumlin in the course of natural erosion and now lying amidst the gravel at its base) had for the most part reached the stage of decomposition where all that remains of the nose is the little vomer bone, so the remains look more like a skeleton and less like a person (which was, frankly, extremely unnerving, especially in the chill twilight), so we quickly turned over the management of the massacre scene to the two gerents from the State Investigation Police and went trembling back to Reykjavik. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Monday, August 09, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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