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:


We're SO very sick of Brussels sprouts!
My ungrateful children cry,
They're tasteless, vapid and horrid, they pout
Why serve them? Why oh why?
And now it's not even Christmas, they say,
When you might have had an excuse,
But everything's over, it's now Twelfth Day,
Don't continue with this abuse!
And all the while I'm scrouging past
The table where they took their seat
Avoiding their faces all aghast
To effect a very hasty retreat.
(by OldRawgabbit)


And as Twelfth Day scrouged into the room, sunlight suffused the scene: Strip Jack Naked played not for money – the Archdeacon being strictly opposed to any form of gambling – but for the removal by losers of each hand of articles of clothing, the scene might have resembled a public bath in Ancient Rome! there sat the cleric wearing nothing but his collar, with his genitals resembling little other than a pair of vapid Brussels sprouts topped by a cocktail sausage; Stella and Fanny on either side of him each managing to retain a little modesty by a diaphanous chemise (Stella's a dusky pink, Fanny's a baby blue) and to the right of Stella, Sadie only retained her stays and the tiniest pair of knickers she possessed, while lastly, poor Grace was entirely lacking of even a shred of decency, for she had not the faintest idea of how to play this game and so had quickly, in hand over hand, been obliged to shed every article of clothing she had begun with – much to the Archdeacon's delight! the reverend gentleman picked up his pocket-watch which he placed on the table after losing his last pocket, and said with a jollity which much gin had increased as the night hours wore on: "oh, my, goodness gracious me, I shall have to report to the Dean that spending the night among denizens of the dark left me so exhausted that by the morning I was obliged to find sanctuary and a bed in Drury Lane with two dear acquaintances who never fail to uplift my spirits and restore my Faith in Humanity," and taking Stella and Fanny by the hands, he fastened one of the cuffs to each right wrist, the third to his own left wrist and led them to the door, saying over his shoulder, to Sadie and Grace: "I trust it will be all right if I collect my clothing and the keys in the afternoon, God Bless you, my dears, and thankyou for a wonderful evening, adieu!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, January 06, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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