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:


After haggling with the used astronomer's equipment dealer, whose billingsgate-peppered discourse equaled that of the saltiest sailor, Tycho Brahe traded his copper nose for a dusty but functioning astrolabe and 10 Danish marks which vivified his spirits and mollified his distress at the social repercussions of going about bereft of his beak. (by zathros@m31)


When a wisecracking antiquarian of a fisherman blamed his poor catch on astrolabe malfunction, the fishmonger replied in a frisson of foul speech that had happy repercussions for the marketplace, vivifying its staid atmosphere and inciting entertained customers to return in hopes of a billingsgate redux. (by Rudi)


The astrolabe was clearly a mistake, if the departing billingsgate left by his wife was any indication of her ire, and it was obvious that he should have taken her suggestion to vivify the flagging marriage more to heart; but Thorgenson was not the sort of man who could walk into “Sex Toy City” without feeling some overwhelming sense of negative social repercussion. (by gumo420)


After Dr. Copernicus inadvertently knocked his great aunt out with an awkward swing of his astrolabe, he set about revivifying her with a cold compress, smelling salts, and a pannikin of his favorite Flanders beer, although he had cause to regret the repercussions of her return to consciousness when she let loose a stream of obscenity worthy of the most hardened Billingsgate fishwife. (by cusheamus)


His astrolabe declaring the heavens propitious, Baron Frankenstein promptly secured the lingual services of an expired fishmonger whose latent billingsgate he trusted to defend his monstrous vivification against straitlaced repercussions. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, February 15, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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