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 motives behind Alexander the Great's impetuous goal to Mediterraneanize the entire known world have always vexed historians, but a recent theory -- proposed by none other than yours truly -- reminds Hellenisto-historicists that Alexander the Great was once merely an Alexander and always merely a man, a human susceptible to the occasional midnight thanatopsis and its resulting hellish nightmares of Clootie and his demon minions eternally tearing apart the souls of those who accomplished nothing with their lives.

(by ponYthink)

3

If memory serves, 'twas in Haggis Gelfner's 1887 novella The Mediterraneanization of Clootie (retroactively awarded the coveted Artie Fufkin Prize for speculative fiction in 1979) that the iconic character Thanatopses first made his literary debut: clad in the stoic garb of a Dominican friar, he seemed to revel in undermining the impetuous spontaneity and carefree mirth of lovely young Coprolalia, instilling in the poor girl a morbid preoccupation with thanatopsis (by the way: not to spoil anything, but it turns out he's the devil).

 

(by saintdufus)

2

 

Although it had been under consideration for decades, Mr. and Mrs. Beelzebub made the seemingly impetuous decision to Mediterraneanize their garden by adding black olive and blood orange trees, a private nook with a black-tiled fire pit where one could sit and write one’s thanatopsis, and a play area for the little clooties.

(by wordgirl)

1

Old Clootie's decision to Mediterraneanise himself as a Sicilian mafioso was far from impetuous, for he had long fancied putting his cloven feet up by the fireside and composing a thanatopsis on his late unlamented neighbours in Palermo.

(by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, October 30, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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