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:


So I'm working the bar and this redhead comes up, says she had a bad day at art school so “give me a nepenthe on the rocks” and I go “what's in that besides the rocks?”, so she says “just 300% alcohol” and she wants to get trashed to forget she just stained her brand new foofy dress with some fried sienna or toasted paint or something burnt so I tell her, “that's just a little brown spot, that'll come right out with a little abrasive” but when I try showing how easy it is to rub off the stain with the Scrubo powder we use on the floors, she gets all histrionic like she doesn't want to fix the problem. (by Rudi)


Uncle John was an aspiring portrait painter and during our annual Christmas visit to Jamaica used to rhapsodize to the assembled cousins about skin tones (umber! ochre! sienna!) while my mother translated softly for the younger children (brown, brown, brown) as he waxed ever louder and more dramatic until we were all tired out by his histrionics, his unflagging enthusiasm for his art abraded our nerves like #24 sandpaper, and we all looked forward to our respective anxiolytics: Librium for Auntie Margaret, Xanax for the twins, Ativan for Paul, Nepenthe SR for Mum and Dad, and Tenormin for me. (by cusheamus)


'So I says to him this Rembrandt van Wotsisname chill out man you know we're right out of burnt sienna how about some nice pink fresh in this morning but no burnt sienna it has to be as every Monday so then he demands burnt umber and black knowing he bought us out last week so I says trying hard not to get all abrasive like come on lighten up man it's a really nice shade of pink at which he has the histrionics and stomps out blathering on about how old Abe Francen you know the apothecary at number nine was right out of nepenthe too so he couldn't even drown his sorrows damn and blast.' (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, October 11, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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