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:


As a man of peace, it added to his melancholy when he realized that he would never ascertain his true sifu – his mentor – unless he instigated some sort of public shindy which would compel the local martial artists to reveal themselves by jumping in.

(by wordgirl)


Unable to ascertain the source of my melancholy, I sought the advice of a mentor who recommended aggression therapy: I should somehow start a shindy and return with the blues knocked out of me.

(by Rudi)


Once it was ascertained that I suffered from acute melancholy, I fired my 'happiness mentor' in a very public shindy. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, January 19, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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