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:


Alf was never the most tractable of customers after he'd had a few pints, and when his risible tall stories were ab initio met with hoots of derision, the pub landlord called time early, for he knew from hard experience that a bare-fisted brannigan was unavoidable. (by Et Seqq)


Our debate had been tense ab initio, but I thought my opponent would ultimately prove tractable; I was proved wrong in the ensuing brannigan, which started when I called his argument risible and he didn't laugh. (by Rudi)


It was one of those moments when all our energy and attention went into keeping our faces expressionless, as she presented the ludicrous, risible idea that her alliance with yet another middle-aged house painter (this one an illegal Irish immigrant) was not doomed ab initio, from the point ten years ago when he decided impulsively to come to America, bringing his tractable younger brother with him, when the two of them were still bruised and tipsy from a fine old brannigan at the local Strabane pub and a decade before he'd even met our daughter. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Thursday, July 15, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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