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:


“Mephitic effluvium,” grimaced Benton as he scored off yet another art restoration expert, whose boisterous salvos of “what ifs” and “perhaps” (for all we wanted was an opinion on the turquoise deposits on the tarnished bronze frame) fizzled to nugatory with a quick exit upon mistaking verdigris as green oil paint. (by docephesus)


Just as I was wondering when sustenance would be served, the stew – a bright blue-green slime similar in hue to the verdigris covering the old copper pot that contained it – released a suffocating effluvium into the already polluted kitchen atmosphere and, moments later, exploded in a great salvo of popping and fizzing, whereupon I excused myself from Dr. Fowler's home and scored his name off my informal list of chemistry department colleagues whose dinner invitations I considered it safe to accept. (by Rudi)


Detective Abernathy and his trusty sidekick, Sergeant Canoli, crouched atop a pile of refuse at the town dump, their noses awash in effluvia, their ankles in apple peelings, stoically combing though the garbage in search of the murder weapon and scoring off various possibilities from the list provided by the coroner until Sergeant Canoli stepped backwards heavily onto a garbage bag and, amidst a salvo of somebody's leftover spaghetti, there shot out the large, bronze crucifix stolen last week from St. Catherine's, its verdigris-encrusted surface showing blue-green amidst a shower of meatballs, tufts of the victim's hair still adhering to one of the arms. (by cusheamus)


As she withdrew the tremolo stop with some aplomb, a sudden effluvium of stale mouse urine - a salvo from disapproving ancestral spirits, perhaps - invaded the crowded parlour, while a veil of coal dust wafted onto the verdigrised false pipes surmounting the old organ; and as she strenuously pumped out the evening hymn, she began to sense that her attempt thereby to score off her unmusical rival for dear Algernon's labile affections was doomed to failure. (by Et Seqq)


The effluvium of time has quietly wrapped the glorious Colonne de la Grande Armée in the Place Vendôme with a stately verdigris but how can I, Pierre-François Bonnard, hussard du 2ème Regiment, ‘frère brun’ de Chamborant, ever score off the Austrian salvo which cost me, long ago on that blustery morning of December 1805, my right leg and the lives of countless of my camarades at the Battle of Austerlitz? (by Sami)
The Quandary for Friday, February 04, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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