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:

6

While Ken and Barbie's romance effloresced, bedsheets of dowlas felt to them like silk, and on their wedding night, they ranked the shivaree's din a cut above cherubs' song; but in time their palace of love would turn palustral, their vows to mud. (by Rudi)

5

Garbed in their workaday dowlas smocks, cavorting village yokels bore the young marrieds aloft, teetering on towards palustral fens, where their gay shivaree soon enough squelched to a halt as the groom discovered a suspicious efflorescence on the bride's exposed hindquarters. (by Et Seqq)

4

Immersed in her Thomas Hardy novel, reading of the strange palustral lives of the dowlas-clad commoners of yore, who gathered wythes and other unknown consonant-heavy nouns from their palustral environs and celebrated archaic shivarees under a gloomy sky, Victoria scarcely noticed the extravagant efflorescence of the wisteria outside the picture window. (by Amalia)

3

Ceremonially, shivarees in the palustral lower bayous symbolized matrimonial efflorescing, with noisy paired revelers clad in drab, earthen colored coarse fabrics, sinusoidally trailing in filtered sunlight the newlyweds donned brashly in vividly colorful dowlas. (by docephesus)

2

"Heavens to Murgatroyd , but it's shivaree cold in this blasted lagoon," said Bleary [for Bleary had vocabulary issues, and didn't realize that a *shivaree* was a post-nuptial serenade, nor that the palustral morass through which he waded was a marsh, not a lagoon]; "and by thunder, but I wish I were wearin' somethin' a bit warmer than doilies" [he probably meant *dowlas*], "and that someone had thought to install some efflorescent [fluorescent] lights to see by." (by saintdufus)

1

I listened to the old man raving about his wedding day, how his bride was clad in a frock of dowlas that seemed to him like the finest linen, how the shivaree transformed into celestial lyrics sung by angels, and how the palustral yard surrounding the crumbling church effloresced before his eyes, and I hoped I would be as much of an unrealistic romantic when I reached his age. (by Haggis)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 30, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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