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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'It may betide one day, perhaps this day, that you will find the silver lining that you seek in the clouds of uncertainty,  doubt, despair and ill-fortune  that pervade your life my child,' said the wise old Inca  guide as we sat in the giant condor's eyrie together; which was all very well, but what I really needed at that point was to find a way of escaping from this noisome eyrie, having been captured by the giant condor on the very first day of my  trekking adventure in the Andes: a prime example of ill-fortune if ever there was one.

(by Queen of East Pond)

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When eagles nest in eyries high

And clouds’ silver linings scud on by

A sense of freedom fills the sky,

But when greed pervades the crowds below

And fumes befoul the rain and snow

Then woe betide those trapped below.

 

(by wordgirl)

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"Woe betide the man who seeketh a silver lining in the nest-encrusted eyrie of the tungsten phoenix," babbled the seer ominously--and no one knew what in hell he was talking about, for his speech was pervaded by that special strain of incomprehensible madness peculiar to mentally challenged prophets. (by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Saturday, May 26, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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