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:


So Tony says to me, listen, Mario's tossin' a shell game down the park - three card or thimblerig or some such - an' he got the shills and the roper but ain't got no muscle to, you know, discourage the pissed off punters, so he was wonderin' would I wanna come and be his best boy, and I said OK cuz I do got the bona fides on account of lookin' out for Mr. Gotti all them years who said I had a degage manner, meanin' I ain't pertickly shy when it comes to smackin' around guys I only just met. (by cusheamus)


The stand-ins were giving a degage, almost apathetic reading of the street scene (they'd been asked to play a bunch of gullible bettors assembled around a thimblerig operator), but when the gaffer's best boy blinded them with a strobe light (accident or director's suggestion?), they questioned the 17-year-old intern's bona fides, his prior work experience, his steadiness of hand, even the moral character of his mom, and soon a lively brawl ensued, all caught on film -- a perfect street scene. (by Rudi)


You don’t need bonafides that cloy, But adroit, like a thimblerig ploy, Many sleights degage, You must pull everyday, In order to be my best boy. (by QuaQua)


Inasmuch as the thimblerig Master was currently dead, his dog had a chance to prove its bona fides as his best boy, and it coped with the challange in a slick, far from arduous, degage, nonchalant manner, not even slightly impeded by the yelling crowd and only occasionally barking at them as an invitation to fucking calm down. (by jdsalinger)
The Quandary for Saturday, September 04, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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