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:


At first Luke was gung-ho about his position as a door-knocking evangelist, sure that he would receive his guerdon in heaven, but as routine pleadings with heretics grew tiring, he took a bathetic dive from mission to mischief, becoming Pleasantville's foremost practitioner of the ding-dong ditch, a comically abbreviated transaction that saves considerable time for evangelist and evangelee both. (by Rudi)


Print worthy gasconade, the guerdon of the press corps’ preemptive early arrival in the frigid Capitol clime, surged as the newest gung-ho legislators (already phenotypic pedants) bleated cliches and bathetically tropologized an opposing party’s parliamentary dilatory tactic of at-once submittal of multiple decoy bills that they would abandon soon after, as the “pulling a 3D - the Ding-Dong Ditch.” (by docephesus)


I play ding dong ditch with my sanity; I ditch it, it ditches me when I most need it, it flees gung ho to the next-door garden of old Ms. Flo: a bathetic bath where bathe the birds who watch me, in madness, struggling for words and when I least need it returns my sense, a guerdon for patient self-tolerance. (by Megan Louise)


Yes, I rather prefer being on the receiving end of 'ding-dong ditch' to 'trick or treat', for having scarpered they await no guerdon other than seeing me open the door, look about in mock perplexity, and shake my head in wide-eyed disbelief that no one, but no one, is there; and if that bathetic little escapade marks the limit of their gung-ho tribal shenanigans, then I suppose I can live with it. (by Et Seqq)


However bathetic their parents were, the young children of this year's crop of U.N. representatives were energetic and impressively unsentimental, being particularly gung-ho about playing tricks on their elders (like the city-friendly games of Ring The Bell And Run Like Hell, variously known as Knock Knock Ginger, Tok Tokkie, Nicky Nicky Nine Door, Ding-Dong Ditch, Belletje Trekken, etc., depending on national origin), especially once they understood the concept of diplomatic immunity, and Mrs Phillips, who had been assigned the third grade class as a guerdon for twenty-five years of patient service to the seventh grade, was just now realizing that it wasn't going to be the field of clover she had hoped for. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Wednesday, January 26, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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