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:


When I petitioned the Dutch uncle of nature photographers for advice on my autumn foliage shots, his condemnation of my “stale dead leaves” set me in need of an ego analgesic, which I did not find in my time that night at the bar, where my efforts to establish myself as the exclusive object of wassailing were met with further boos. (by Rudi)


The Thanksgiving wassail’s too much For my dad who’s a stern uncle Dutch; Analgesic relief From a colorful leaf Of the foliage gives me a crutch. (by QuaQua)


Owen, already quite intoxicated, tried to drive into town to buy nutmeg to put in the second batch of wassail punch, but almost immediately steered his car into the hedgerow, so he returned on foot without the nutmeg and with a lot of foliage in his hair, begging for painkillers, which prompted pompous Henrik to give him a lecture on the inadvisability of mixing analgesics with alcohol - counsel Henrik soon suspected was unwelcome, because he heard Owen's wife called him a "Dutch uncle" and he knew that couldn't be good since he was already familiar with "Dutch courage" meaning alcohol-induced recklessness, and a "Dutch wife" being slang for a prostitute, as well as "Dutch treat" requiring a guest to pay for his own dinner. (by cusheamus)


No analgesic could dull the pain inflicted by my Dutch uncle's scorn at the January wassail, when as the Green Man I mislaid my foliage costume and without even an apple-leaf to cover my shrinking modesty had to prance through the Morris dances in the altogether! (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, October 08, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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