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

Read the gumshoe’s report that was numbing: “A liminal sign of us dumbing – This estival’s mere Incunabulum dear. Where’s the ‘F’? We’re, to typos, succumbing.” (by QuaQua)

4

Walking in the estival breeze, I crept like a gumshoe, through the incunabulum of the evening, hardly noticing the liminal sun in its descent to the horizon. (by massspec)

3

Yes, our town's yearly Festival was estival, occurring in summer as it always did, but when the leading F was stolen from the welcome banner this June, leaving the banner's text in that liminal state between plausibility and incompleteness, angry residents postponed the celebration and called upon a noted gumshoe to find the thief--and this was to be but the incunabulum of a larger investigation, which would turn up dozens of similar orthographic subversions around town, all perpetrated, we would learn in the end, not by one agent acting alone, but by a well-organized insurgent group of defeated sixth-grade spelling bee contestants. (by Rudi)

2

'Um, shoo,' he whispered liminally, blowing away an estival spider slowly abseiling through the haze of a late afternoon towards the dusty incunabulum set before him on the lectern; but detecting a peevish 'tut-tut' of monastic disapprobrium from within the adjacent carrel he thought it best to exit innominate, new gumshoes betraying his departure by squealing at every pained step. (by Et Seqq)

1

When the printing press was still in swaddling clothes, one Heinrich Gran of Haguenau printed an unusual satirical theological work and it was on the trail of this incunabulum that Leo, rare book sleuth, gumshoe extraordinaire, and - particularly relevant to this story - a man who occasionally crossed the limen into thuggery, now armed himself with a discrete revolver and went to pay an estival visit to Herr Pfister, an elderly collector who spent his summers relatively isolated in a small chalet in the Swiss Alps. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Monday, August 16, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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