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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Whenever he lack torque in his wheels during an arduous intermontane trek, the great explorer would turn to his “tovarish” – his only companion, his propitious canteen – and faster than he could say “vodka,” the next forbidding peak would fade from view. (by Rudi)

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We had found ourselves stranded intermontane in a broken-down Russian jeep, with the immediate terrain decidedly unpropitious, being strewn with fallen rocks that frequently obstructed our progress; but Ivan was not in the least perturbed, for with a few expert turns of his finely-calibrated torque wrench he had us up and running again in no time, slaloming through the debris - what a prize tovarish!
 
(by Et Seqq)

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The Russian tovarich's command of English was rudimentary and it was not propitious to our friendship that I did my best to make him feel like an ass when he confused intermittent and intermontane ('my interest in the West has been intermontane' he declared, to which I asked if he meant the Alps or the Rockies) and torch and torque ('the Comintern carries the torque of hope for future generations', he said, and I asked on how much horsepower). (by Sami)
The Quandary for Sunday, July 17, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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