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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Instead of a well-run, useful program to help our citizens, per contra the state ended up with a house of cards -- ready to collapse at any minute, due to the usual ad hockery of bureaucratic mismanagement rather than preparation of the clear and organized rationale needed to reach the goal.

(by wordgirl)

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"Per contra," spat old Jones with his quivering lip, "your purported rationale serves a single, nefarious purpose: to conceal the undeniable conclusion that this solution of yours is a house of cards built on a foundation of ad hockery and misguided hope, and I, sir, will have nought of it."
(by taoimean)

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Per contra the Mayor's ad hockery was a house of cards rationale doomed to fail. (by IrishMason)
The Quandary for Friday, February 27, 2015 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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