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:


Fr. O'Donnell, who had officiated at thousands of weddings during his sixty years in the priesthood and developed as a result an intransigent case of misogamy, was anticipating with an unpleasantly familiar combination of trepidation and ennui the prospect of performing yet another marriage on Saturday, this one between the Worbley Woolens heiress (and just the thought of the worsted-clad congregation made him itch) and a young man from another parish who, by the look of him, was in the vanguard of some hideous new fashion in personal grooming involving plastic fruit. (by cusheamus)


The worsted suit suited her suitor (in the vanguard of fashion ? --zoot-suiter !); but misogamist Carrie said she hated to marry, trepidatious his suit wouldn't suit her. (by Justinnthyme40)


When Buster's wife challenged him to an unspecified “contest of skill and endurance,” he accepted with much trepidation, suspecting that she had in mind not one of the amorous marathons of their premarital life, but something distinctly less enjoyable: his fears were confirmed when it turned out to be a yarn-spinning challenge, in which Buster's wife quickly worsted him, showing her own talents to be at the vanguard of human handspinning ability, and leaving her poor husband to feel that the wool had been pulled over his eyes once again, not only with regard to his prospects in the competition but with regard to the tolerability of marriage itself (excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Making of A Misogamist). (by Rudi)


Emile claimed that his misogamy was necessary to keep him in the vanguard of modern art; matrimony would only slow him down and, as he said, "bloat my life with quotidian folderol;" but his friends, among themselves and with some trepidation, speculated that he simply couldn't get a date, and that his performance project "Decrepitude," which consisted of wearing the same worsted suit every day, without ever cleaning it, since 1996, might contribute to this state of affairs. (by Amalia)


In contest for the frail Eglantine's fair hand Mr Pringle found himself unexpectedly worsted by his elderly lodger, a dour, reclusive celibate who for years had knelt only at the altar of misogamy but who now, finding himself yet again strapped for cash and momentarily in the vanguard of the old maid's confused affections, had in some trepidation redeemed from the pawn shop his deceased father's worsted wool suit, trusting that her impending dowry would more than offset the not inconsiderable expenditure. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, October 29, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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