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:

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The retail-savvy yoga instructor did an elaborate (downward) dog-and-pony show for his new acolytes, windmilling across his mat in a carefully staged demonstration of the flexibility he promised them—a demonstration that did not reveal one iota of the struggle it had taken perfect. (by Rudi)

3

A cohort of shaven acolytes put on an impressive dog-and-pony show for the esteemed visitors, complete with windmilled contrails of incense from swinging thuribles, but when the guru eventually deigned to make an entrance, his portentous dicta made not an iota of sense. (by Et Seqq)

2

Ryerson could see his dog-and-pony show wasn't generating an iota of interest among his auditors (one or two of whom had nodded off, while the rest fiddled with iPhones, Blueberries, and other devices), so he decided upon a drastic stratagem: seizing his startled acolyte Chad, he lifted the terrified intern above his head and began windmilling the youth in wide arcs, shouting, "Oho, so NOW you're paying attention, eh?" and then heaved the unfortunate lad through the closed window and resumed his presentation. (by saintdufus)

1

Local lore has it that when a dog once bemoaned to his acolyte, a pony, that their act was perceived by the rest of the menagerie as a dog-and-pony show and a quixotic tilting at windmills, the bemused pony was not amused and he declined to change their approach by one iota declaring "dog and pony, we have been, we are, and we shall forever be." (by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, May 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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