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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It wasn't clear if his exculpation clause nullified the restraining order, so we figured that was enough ambiguity to bring in a MacGuffin: the heroine would find her ex-boyfriend passed out in her curtilage, with a bangover no less, moments before she hears of her latest boyfriend's murder at the concert the previous night. (by Kannan)

3

Suffering a bangover after a concert, Harriet holed up in her curtilage with a mystery, wondering why she found the things so addicting when they were so predictable: the MacGuffin will always be found, the hero exculpated from the false charges, and the villain exposed. (by Beth)

2

Believing that anyone with a neck ailment must have a bangover from a metal concert (so this person must be a fellow metal fan), Kurt attempted to sell bootlegs to police sergeant Smith (in a neck-brace after a risky car chase) -- but this was just a MacGuffin in a story about Kurt's quest to exculpate an innocent drummer who had been framed by a rival band as the organizer of a rave on mayoral curtilage. (by Rudi)

1

Rachel's bangover was still throbbing at her temples while she stared out the bay window at a faun that had wandered into the curtilage; maybe this innocent woodland creature would be the MacGuffin that would free the evening from the doldrums it had been mired in and exculpate her as hostess from the sin of throwing a boring dinner party. (by Luigi)
The Quandary for Monday, October 12, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7146 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore other Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.

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