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:


Larry was an invincible chafferer, whose favorite ploy was to carry a smelly old rag into an antique shop, rest it unobtrusively beneath a sofa or chair that caught his fancy, and then refuse to pay the asking price for such a frowsty offering. (by Rudi)


Mrs. McGinnis and Mrs. Rafferty were at the yard sale chaffering over a small pile of frowsty old blankets (which Mrs. McGinnis wanted for her dogs and Mrs. Rafferty wanted to muffle the clanging pipes in her cellar), when young Johnny sidled unobtrusively between them and managed to make off undetected with three, his dream of making a fort using blankets and the living room furniture on the cusp of being fully realized and elements of his nom de guerre whirling through his mind: Invulnerable, Unconquerable, Invincible, and (if only he could be certain how to pronounce it) Doughty. (by cusheamus)


Loth to fritter away his declining years in idle chaffer among such uncongenial company, he entered the drawing room unannounced, moving cautiously and unobtrusively, aware that his erstwhile fame as an invincible warrior had through years of peacetime grown as frowsty as his mouldering frock coat, as lacklustre and unmeaning as his decorations for gallantry. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, December 24, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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