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:


The advent of the holiday season in Pleasantville was rarely underscored by music, since the town's appointed wassailers were such milksops that they could not decide, until some time after New Year's, what noels they preferred to sing.

(by Rudi)


Mikey Milquetoast was such a milksop that he couldn’t bear the anxiety of wassailing with his friends to sing noels in public at Christmastime until the advent of karaoke night at the Backstreet Bar near his apartment, where he labored hard to overcome his disabling performance anxiety by forcing himself to sing every night in front of the uncritical inebriated patrons. (by wordgirl)


Inside the Flatiron Lounge Manhattan sophisticates sipped Wassail Fizzes, Bullshots, and "Milksops" (for the wimpish) to celebrate the season, while outside mufflered carolers sang White Christmas, The First Noel, and The Chipmuck Song (for the less devout) to commemorate the Advent of the Savior, their breaths condensing like numens in the cold winter air, snowflakes settling on their shoulders like blessings. (by mtc)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 25, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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