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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Unlike his abstemious predecessor, the new potentate reigns with a larrikin hand, routinely ordering his servants to demonstrate their loyalty by doffing their formal wear and joining him in an enactment of Jacob Jordaens' painting The King Drinks. (by Rudi)


The eighth potentate of Europa set a striking contrast to her indulgent predecessors as the affluent moon's most abstemious ruler thus far, doffing her jewelled ceremonial garments whenever possible and disengaging from courtly banquets at an early hour or even earlier at the slightest sign of larrikin behaviour amongst the guests, of which her immediate predecessor was known to encourage, and even engage in, himself. (by alaistair)


Big Eddie Salamando, potentate of the aptly-named Larrikin Lounge, sat with me at a table in the rear and still had to raise his voice over the cheerful racket of the large, tipsy crowd of Friday night regulars (nothing like the melancholy crowd at my own pub across the street, who were dismally abstemious in their drinking and subdued in their conversation), but even after I doffed my hearing protectors I couldn't understand more than half of what he was shouting at me. (by cusheamus)


Whenever that almighty potentate, the Headmaster, drew nigh, all the boys ceased their larrikin pandemonium to meekly doff the cap and immediately assume a pious, otherworldly expression, as if an abstemious life of rigorous self-discipline was their Holy Grail. (by Et Seqq)


By the time the elderly potentate decided to doff some of his powers and to become more abstemious in repressing the people, it was too late to contain the larrikin wave of revolt emanating from Tahrir Square. (by Sami)


Nearly succumbing to the hyper-commercialization of urban life, Mr. Eenuff made a public announcement (meaning to his few work friends) that he was to become the "potentate of his world” and , upon proscriptively listing the spiritual pitfalls of larrikin urbanity, he doffed his suit and trench coat, donned a monk’s robe and entered an abstemious lifestyle in his $4 million penthouse. (by docephesus)
The Quandary for Sunday, April 03, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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