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:

5

A murder of crows, a proliferation of ortolans, and I am in hot pursuit, abdicating food, drink, and sleep whilst I satisfy a persnickety lust for feathery winged details. (by Grayce)

4

'How very kind, don't mind if I do,' I replied obligingly, never known to be persnickety about table etiquette when it came to polishing off such illicit juicy morceaux; and with a mouth poised to savour the incoming succulent ortolan I ventured: 'I dare say these little blighters would proliferate abominably but for your timely culinary culling, and so I trust that you will never abdicate your responsibility to snare, fatten, drown, and roast to perfection the pretty birdies.' (by Et Seqq)

3

Soon after he returned from his excursion and announced that the Ortolan, a small European migratory bird, “is now proliferating in the Antarctic tundra, where it enjoys a warm relationship with local penguins,” his colleagues, persnickety fact-checkers all, savaged the assertion, and thereby deflated his entire scientific reputation, forcing him to abdicate the title of Chief Ornithology Resident at the Greater Pleasantville Asylum. (by Rudi)

2

Chastened by rumors about his fussy manner of consuming his favorite avian speciality, ortolan bunting, the persnickety parson decided to abdicate and forswear eating these tasty treats to forestall proliferation and spreading of these negative commentaries lest they do further damage to his snobbish selfimage. (by Toortle)

1

Persnickety little Mr. Crampion from Personnel reminded his assistant of the ortolan buntings of her Gascogne childhood - the monotony of their calls and the greenish tint of the gray feathers on their heads especially - and she wondered idly how long it would be before his finicky, fuss-budgety nitpicking would result in the steady proliferation of abdications from his department reaching a level at which people actually couldn't be hired fast enough to replace those who quit. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, June 22, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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