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:


Condemned to an early morning hades of tepid coffee, soggy cornflakes, and burnt toast, Donald wished he had paid more attention to the waitress' suggestions and not countermanded his original order for bacon and eggs (not to mention the fresh fruit salad she had described enthusiastically as "ambrosial") just because he was feeling adversarial after the fight with his wife. (by cusheamus)


I've said again and again that passion is a requirement for this job, that we need to see the fires of Hades burning in a candidate, and we've all agreed that Ms. Donahue's enthusiasm was tepid at best; so, her ambrosial perfume nonwithstanding, I'm afraid I must countermand your decision and rescind her offer. (by Eli)


Hearing the searing of bratwurst in the adjacent kitchen, Gilbert at first assumed a rather tepid disposition, but as the smoky, ambrosial smells swam nigh and lingered, he conceded by a lick of his lips, thereby countermanding his lukewarmness with a glutton's passion fit for Hades. (by dust)


O greatest and most just, infallible and yet now misunderstood, it could not be this end, here in the carceral flames of hades that you intended for my chariot, and if so, countermand the order kindly, for though I have shown but tepid interest in your service all these years, I did expect that, considering our special covenant, certain ambrosial perks would await, and humbly, what taste I find here is not of honey, what fragrance, not roses. (by Rudi)


I sneeze in ambrosial spring glades, And get cold in perennial shades; 'Bout the harp and the rest, I feel tepid at best-- With a countermand send me to hades. (by QuaQua)


'It's just so deathly cold!' ('I'll second that!' . . . 'Me too!') howled Cerberus, hauling himself up on to the bank and shivering off a flying chandelier of icicles; 'and if Hades thinks we can derive any satisfaction whatsoever from dog-paddling to order in his freezing Styx ('Tepid it's not!' . . .'Brass monkey!') then he should seriously consider his position and think again ('Think what?' 'He means issue an ambrosial countermand, flea bag!'). (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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