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:


I'll let no one bereave me of my teddy bear, certainly not my PR advisers who would pluck Herr Bear from my arms before I appear in front of the shareholder's committee – my mind is simply not permeable to the idea of separation – I was agog when Bear and I first met at Hamley's, and there are no circumstances that could extenuate or in any way lessen the devastation I would feel if we were to be removed from each other's company for even a moment. (by Rudi)


Mourning sickness afflicts the bereaved, not agog - instead gravely aggrieved; while permeable hats allow rain through and that's when extenuating thoughts are retrieved (by Justinnthyme40)


When Papa got home, Mama was quick to represent my offense as less serious that it appeared, saying that my extreme youth, as well as recent bereavement (one of my three guinea pigs had died the week before), extenuated my guilt, and not only that but when I drove the lawn mower toward the hedge I probably imagined boxwood to be more permeable by gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment than it actually is and, besides, my legs were too short to reach the clutch and, in addition, it was Tom's fault for leaving the key in the ignition and so on, until I was speechless and agog with admiration of my own perfect innocence. (by cusheamus)


'Jenkins, it's plain as a pikestaff that your sudden bereavement (cease that snivelling, boy!) has rendered your addled brain even less permeable to instruction than usual, but that constitutes absolutely no extenuating circumstance for failing to submit punctually your Latin prep, so there's no need to stand there all agog in fond expectation of an impromptu exeat - request denied.' (by Et Seqq)


Genevieve stared agog at the $400 Gore-tex jacket, virtually guaranteed to be less permeable than her ripped plastic poncho, and whispered to herself in a tone that began to alarm the salesman: "though this may bereave me of my hard-earned lucre, ripped untimely from my pocketbook, the circumstances extenuate..." (by Amalia)


Totally agog over everything that is improvisation, indeed, with an enthusiasm impossible to extenuate, Robin soaked her permeable mind into all sorts of affective and thoughtful extravagances, wildly in excess, excess unrestrained, to bereave herself of illusory precision, prediction or permanence. (by antoniadeldebbio)


I was least agog but rather permeating with anger when John bereft me of my favorite toy, which was the only thing that extenuated my insanity. (by Blackbird)
The Quandary for Wednesday, September 22, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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