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:


In the thick palm arrangements of the hotel’s ramada, Karl had centered his decades-old memorabilia in a small, classic museum vitrine for close viewing at his veteran pilot's honor party, particularly General Eisenhower’s commendation, an old Polaroid of Karl flat-hatting a full air show bleacher, and the small Gideon’s Bible with his profuse personal marginalia – his only enduring companion during two years of fierce fighting and loss of close friends. (by docephesus)


His nephew was repeatedly flathatting a radio controlled plane so low that it again skimmed the ramada in which he was sheltering from the midday sun, trying to decipher the infuriated marginalia that he had scribbled in the catalogue to that Damien Hirst show of some cadaver or other drowned in a vitrine of formaldehyde. (by Et Seqq)


I wrote my attorney to say that I wanted to sue the hotel, charging false advertising, since there was no porch, arbour or ramada on the premises and since the 15-storey soulless concrete building certainly did not qualify as an 'inn', but he sent back my letter after scribbling impatiently this marginalia: "you're being ridiculous, should Olive Garden have an olive garden at every location?  Should only Irish clowns work at McDonald's? Should Banana Republic display bananas in its vitrines?  Should Airbus airliners flathat at the altitude of a bus?", to which I answered in the affirmative in all cases. (by Sami)


So I'm at the Ramada Inn in Detroit last weekend, enjoying a much-needed vacation from the unbearable daily grind of Fiji, and I'm in a pleasant conversation with the proprietor of the motel about a particularly ornate vitrine he happens to have in his lobby (sorry, I'm getting caught up in the marginalia here--on with the story): when suddenly I hear the sound of an airplane propeller outside, and looking out the window I see some hotshot stunt-pilot come flathatting in in a Tubman-601, couldn't have been more than ten or twelve feet off the ground, and by god, if the sumbitch doesn't barnstorm his way right through the ramada at the south end of the complex, sending hotel guests flying and squawking like chickens in a barnyard. (by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Monday, April 25, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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