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:


The shopkeeper, approaching from behind, whispered to me of the jar and its contents, letting me know that the spice I beheld was no ordinary vanilla—no vanilla vanilla as it were, but rather the exemplar, the very vanilla of vanillas!—a hallowed specimen, its aroma allusive of ecstasy itself... “a small fragment would be priceless, but because you are so discerning and loyal a customer— your name?—ah, just take it all, the magnificent bean in toto, for a wee $65.95—take it!” (by Rudi)


It was one of Mother's godawful monochrome dinners - chicken, mashed potatoes, white asparagus, and vanilla ice cream - in toto, a veritable festival of blah, but there was no avoiding it, an occasion hallowed by virtue of being the tenth anniversary of my father's death, so the most we could hope for was to amuse ourselves sotto voce by speculating whether the meal was an intentionally allusive reference to his milquetoast personality. (by cusheamus)


In his will, my father had (quite unnecessarily) alluded to my supposedly tame and hidebound lifestyle choices, disparaging them as, in toto, 'the essence of vanilla'; so true to form, and only after careful consideration, I buried the dissolute, blaspheming wastrel in unhallowed ground. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, November 19, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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