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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Old Cameron's tipsy ukase that, it being the festival of Beltane, all the girls should dance around the Maypole in the altogether was met with a resounding cheer, for the evening was so mild that the young things were already finding their dowlas shifts incommodious. (by Et Seqq)


It happened in St. Petersburg, on Beltane, 1896: several of us were huddled in Snotkin's rather incommodious garret, ardently debating the respective virtues of dowlas and burlap, when suddenly Krapsky bursts in with the news that the Tsar has just issued a ukase banning attic discussions of fabric on Celtic holidays--and that the police were at that very moment ascending the staircase to arrest us all! (by saintdufus)


None were surprised why, in the last week of April, the Prelate issued dogmatically a ukase banishing the pagan Beltane Festival to an incommodious rural venue, finishing ceremoniously by tossing with his left hand a folded black rectangle of very coarse dowlas over a corner of the alter. (by docephesus)


After the penultimate stage of the Beltane day-long competition (first prize: an iPod loaded full with "all the favorites" in Celtic folk songs), I held a narrow lead over the pack of contestants, when it was suddenly announced, as if by sadistic ukase, that we all had to wear dowlas outfits for the last event, a rather incommodious attire for a 5-mile run on a rainy day. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Sunday, May 01, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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