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:


I shall give you all this treasure - only gimcrack and bibelot to me now! - Mightiest of Wizards, and beg only in return that I may be a beneficiary of your magic and thereby gain surcease of my constant fear, the fear of the dread Worm Ouroboros, whose colubrine coils haunt my nightmares and whose fangs are lodged in my heart, draining my courage! (by cusheamus)


Although Victor was the beneficiary of the family estate, he dreaded to enter his childhood home and sort the property, fearing that the bibelots his parents had spent their lives collecting might form colubrine chains, coiling around him and squeezing without surcease, until he repented his preference for uncluttered minimalism and promised to take joy in porcelain figurines, costume jewelry, plastic flower arrangements, and all of the other nicknacks that he never quite appreciated. (by Rudi)


Not being the sole beneficiary of the colubrine movements of her body, I haltingly petitioned her to surcease so that I might pass on a bibelot, in which lay nothing more than my phone number. (by HankBidu)


Needing some surcease from the endless sorting of his mother's bibelots, Henry walked to the window to gaze out at the colubrine chain of the distant mountains, and the sight of that range of connected mountain peaks made him feel even more strongly the loneliness of being the sole beneficiary of her estate. (by roch)


Supposing herself to be a beneficiary of the colubrine figure's generous offer, Eve sought surcease from her creator's apparent paternalism and ate the apple, forever exchanging eternal happiness for the bibelot of a single bite. (by tree)


The colubrine writhing experienced a rather discommodious surcease when a young woman exclaimed that she had been the unbidden beneficiary of a bitten bum and demanded that the biter be banished from the bacchanal but further investigation proved it to be a rather aggressively shaped bibelot supposedly designed to bring broader benefits of bliss by buzzing. (by gumo420)


As a named beneficiary in my great-aunt's will I received only a tattered cardboard box of costume jewellery, but experienced a sudden surcease of disappointment on detecting, hidden beneath a tangle of tawdry bibelots, her treasured Graeco-Roman colubrine necklace. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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