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 family's opinions of my newly decorated office at Paramount Studios in Southern California la-la land seemed divided along generational lines: my older sister Sharon said approvingly that it was "appropriately eclectic", meaning I suppose that it would appeal to my heterogeneous clientele, while my Aunt Alice made a face and said it was a "farrago" (which turned out to be another word for "hodgepodge"), and my grandfather stood in the doorway scowling and said it was a burlesque, that I had gone off the deep end mocking our family's summer cottage in Rhode Island. (by cusheamus)


Non-eclectic exclusion of Margaux showed the tasting had been a farrago; the outlandish burlesque -- la-la land(ish), grotesque -- left the tasters all whining in argot. (by Justinnthyme40)


You're in la la land if you think you're going to go into that old closet of yours and piece together a fashionably eclectic ensemble from the farrago of sad rags you've been saving, but you might well emerge with an excellent costume for a fashion runway burlesque. (by Rudi)


Shayana told me that she never watched Reality Comedy Series such as La La Land or Shameless (which she found to be not only an extraordinary embarrassment (to put it mildly) to British comedy, but also a program that, if watched, would make any sensitive person lose the will to live), and that her eclectic taste was embracing works ranging from Henry Powers’ Burlesque Painting and Arvo Pärt's "Los Angeles" Symphony to Plato’s and Shakespeare’s works (which apparently were at the time more popular than Middleton’s Farrago). (by antoniadeldebbio)


The nervous-looking dean stood at the back of the angry crowd, wringing his hands and silently wondering whether he had been in la-la land when he approved the students’ burlesque of the Founder’s religious vision and subsequent establishment of the institution; he never imagined that the group of artists and eclectics who approached him could have conceived of the blasphemous farrago of insults and obscenities to which he was currently bearing witness. (by Vanessa)


Witty eclecticism is all very well, but when in your case it results in a post-modern farrago of burlesqued polychrome classical orders supporting an Arts and Crafts yurt complete with polystyrene Gothic gargoyles, the whole precarious edifice built on a quaggy foundation of consummate architectural illiteracy, then, my friend, you've really earned a passport to la-la land. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, September 17, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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