Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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As the sounds of the ill-timed charivari melded together in my ear, the rattle of pots and pans there fusing with the shrill notes of a bagpiper who seemed mistake this mid-December day for Hogmanay (still a week away), I began to think that the assembled celebrants considered the drowned-out wedding vows as an ancillary aspect of the occasion. (by Rudi)


Melding wide-eyed into the clangorous charivari of his newfound family’s end-of-the-year party, five year old orphan Jessop spied the gayly ribboned gift coming towards him – he didn’t care if what he heard was hegemony, Hogmanay or hogwash, all else was flatly ancillary to: “For me?” (by docephesus)


Mrs. Davis, ordered once again to do the washing up, was fed up with being the cook's ancilla and clashed the pots and pans together in a one-woman shivaree, melding the racket with a loud, discordant song that began, "It's Hogmanay Night, the town's in a steer, the rubbing and scrubbing before the New Year, and what the hell am I doing here?!" (by cusheamus)


As a welter of ancillary notions born of regret and aspiration doused his brain, declining to meld into anything resembling a coherent set of New Year Resolutions, he happily toasted once again the celebratory charivari that was Edinburgh's Hogmanay. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, December 31, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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