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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To the Editor: I have observed with regret that my late friend, the esteemed classicist Achilles Blenkinsop, has not received mention in the necrology - an inexcusable omission, I submit, for, in addition to his undoubted academic eminence, he was a colourful University character, striding across the quad always in the same draughty chlamys, brandishing a spiked punt pole, crooning some Leitmotiv or other from Parsifal, and ofttimes spouting Ancient Greek with a matchless purity of accent far from deleterious to the improvement of today's young minds. (by Et Seqq)


Throwing back the shoulder of his chlamys, the Athenian general Focrates commanded: "Read forth the necrology of the Battle of Onomatopoeia: for I suspect that in so doing, we shall find a recurring leitmotif of death--and death (as you very well know, Senator) can be profoundly deleterious to a nation's health." (by saintdufus)


Our tour guide pointed to a bronze plaque at the memorial monument, explaining, "here you can see a necrology of all the people who died because they insisted, in the name of tradition and of cultural leitmotif, on wearing a chlamys into battle, an attire perhaps well-suited for their ancestors’ form of warfare but which in the 20th century proved deleterious to their ability to evade enemy machine guns." (by Sami)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 31, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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