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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After the log cabin they labored to build burnt to its blackened foundations, after the first tender shoots of corn they planted lost their heads in an aphesis of frost, and after an iliad of other miseries and self-inflicted pratfalls, spring and summer finally arrived and the Jobs began again, rejoicing in the consolations of a fickle Nature: they felled trees, sawed logs, and built new cabins; pulled trout from the streams using willow branches as poles; wove baskets and went blueberrying in the thickets, plucking the plump berries from their leafy nests, the children returning home smiling and triumphant with berries spilling from their baskets, faces smeared with the bounty of their harvest. (by mtc)

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"Just as a girl goes blueberrying in the bushes, Achilles plucked the Trojans from their hiding places," or perhaps, "As a giant oak falls in the forest, Hector took a tremendous pratfall," or then again, (trying to sound smarter) "Just as a word loses its first letter in aphesis, the Trojan warrior lost his head in battle," Sylvia struggled awkwardly as she began her first amateurish efforts to construct a Homeric simile like those she so much admired in the Iliad, but the chortles and chuckles of her classmates told her she still had a long way to go. (by mtc)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 23, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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