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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A number of activities were held in abeyance while Richard was off fighting the Crusades, leaving his brother John wanting to act as the fons honorum, but the Archbishop disagreed and felt that the prince needed to be proved worthy, and planned a meeting of church elders at the lyceum to discuss the use of an alembic – the church preferences at the time being either trial by fire (as in burning at the stake) or the purchase of indulgences (offering up gold, jewels, or land).

(by wordgirl)

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Aldous Trounter, after subsuming his body in the fizzingly sulphurous alembic of the Gentleman's Baths, sat in the lyceum, the residual dampness pressed hard into the fabric of his trousers by the obdurate but slippery seat, and then all at once the fons honorum entered the room to wrest from abeyance the Marquis of Ravensweald title, but upon whose head he would bestow it, who knew...

(by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Thursday, March 01, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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