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:


In debt through his burdensome manor George used all his enchanting mana to swindle and cozen his dear cater-cousin in a totally untoward manner (by Justinnthyme40)


Before we engage in the probationary heart-to-heart session, there is just one more thing—and yes, I know a five-page questionnaire might seem burdensome at this point in the process, but—the people one meets these days, if they do not disqualify themselves through blatant eructation, flatulation, or jactitation, still seem unfit for the role, as they are so often greedy for what one possesses, be it material or spiritual—one's money or one's mana—as I'm sure you understand, and so I must take reasonable precautions in confirming that a successful "cater-cousin" applicant (successful, I'm sure you are soon to be) will not exhibit any untoward behavior during our inseparable friendship. (by Rudi)


If you are to the manner born, the more so if to the manor born, you will not regard being the embodiment of mana as in the least untoward, let alone burdensome, but will accept it as godly ambrosia, as manna from Heaven, not least when telepathically exchanging transatlantic caresses with your similarly blessed and remarkably well-endowed cater-cousin. (by Et Seqq)


I brought Emmeline, my fourth cousin (or "cater cousin", as we used to call it in the hill country) to the company Christmas party and having her with me greatly increased my mana: I could see that several people who had disregarded me before were now looking at me with admiration and respect, the only untoward consequence of which was that I bought more rounds of drinks that night than was financially prudent and ended up having to put groceries on my credit card for the next two weeks, an anxious and burdensome state of affairs for someone of already slender means. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 07, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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