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:


He is very much a wallflower, this Mr. Wilkes, and you will not find him at races or shows, but you might catch a glimpse of him among his true friends, the olio of animal likenesses – a lemur, an ostrich, a starfish, a pony – in his beloved topiary garden, if, that is, you approach 52 Eve St. silently, keeping dead-still as you glance through the crenelations in the shrubs that barricade the property, waiting until the reclusive collector emerges for his mid-afternoon smoke, when you might see him puffing anything from a corn cob to a Sioux calumet. (by Rudi)


Luckily, they didn't notice me - the wallflower that stood shyly behind the curtain - as the Frenchmen secretly discussed their crenelation of Quebec city: they would decorate the city wall with articles of local interest to appear to welcome the American general and his army, and a large calumet would be used to cover the mouth of a cannon that would strike the general's ship as it sailed up the St. Lawrence. (by QuaQua)


As he leaned against a crenelation of the eastern wall of the Big House in Joliet, Ralph could see all the way to Calumet, and beyond it, to the smoggy sunrise, an olio of wallflower yellows and marigold oranges. (by Quacking Quagga)


Behind the crenelated walls of his nonchalant behavior (while pretending to be confidently smoking the calumet), stood a world where inner timidity and profound anguish were blended in a chemical swirl, an olio of tormented memories with an only occasional lingering taste of wallflower, the color of worn-out purple. (by jdsalinger)


Over a long weekend Joe and his neighbour Fred cleared a bed of wilting wallflowers to erect the flat-pack crenelated folly - a timber olio of Gothic revival, Tudorbethan, and backyard poultry coop - taking up temporary residence on the battlements late Sunday evening, when they shared a calumet of marijuana and smoked away all cares. (by Et Seqq)


As we passed the calumet around, puffing contemplatively on it in turn, we decided that, concerning the spectacle before us, it would be understatement to call it an olio (which anyway doesn't sound jagged enough) but overstatement to call it wreckage (with its irrelevant associations to accident and disaster), so we settled on "hash": what the dining room table looked like after a record eleven-hour Thanksgiving dinner - crenelated walls of drinking glasses, jumbled drifts of plates, bowls, and serving dishes, spiky heaps of silverware amongst the disarranged components of the centerpiece (made of leaves, seed pods, berries, and dried wallflowers from our late autumn garden). (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Saturday, November 27, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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