Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Eyes closed, with a rictus that would allow a beetle to fly right into his mouth, the singer held the note, in his own autoschediastical fashion, much longer than the score called for, completely unaware of the nervous sweat dripping down the glabrous surface of the conductor’s scalp, which was quite reminiscent of the picture of a waterfall over smooth rocks that the song limned. (by QuaQua)


Henry was at first troubled by his own shedding of hair—and who could blame him for fearing the mocking rictuses of his foul-breathed and enduringly furry comrades?—but in due time he confronted his bald fate with an autoschediastical adaptation of attitude, soon limning his newfangled worldview in the assertion that “it is glamorous to be glabrous.” (by Rudi)


Another obsessive night of autoschediastic dabbing of mazarine oil paint on canvas, I denied the clues limning my fate: furtive exits of fellow art restoration interns, the Head Curator’s phone slamming about the forensics report of “a blue smudge”, her rictus of ire bobbing towards me with each stomp, and to my chagrin - the color of paint staining my scabrous cuticles and glabrous fingertips. (by docephesus)


Curtis was a rustic for whom citrus provoked an ictus, nay a rictus, as seizure breached his maw, glabrous lips puckering in acid, straining for that serendipitous, autoschediastical expletive, which in polite company may be limned only by the grawlix: #@$%*! (by Et Seqq)


Today, Secretary Gates had to limn to the raucous rictus of the press, an autoschediastical message that would slight the slight the Chinese slapped their guest with, as the image of the glabrous sheath of the new stealth fighter jet appeared in the news during his visit at President Hu’s. (by DanQuixote)


The senator left his audience awestruck, his ideas revolutionary and fresh, his diction glabrous yet eloquent, his affluent charm as good as his words in limning the novel projects he had planned for the area, and as the audience's rictuses silently replied to his autoschediastical wit, the man wallowed in the view. (by Martin)


In the crowd of bearded men, Henry's face was conspicuously glabrous, like the surface of a blancmange, and it didn't help that his mouth was agape in a rictus of fear (because, even though he didn't understand a word of Arabic he could still tell that the crowd's angry gestures were undeniably limning his imminent demise), and he struggled to improvise a solution to his unexpected and dire problem, even though he had never been much of an autoschediast. (by cusheamus)


Aloysius Huffington-Gore, gentleman detective, limned the body of the unfortunate victim as an aide-memoire, carefully sketching the horrified rictus and the disturbingly incarnadine blotch on the glabrous surface of the forehead, and noting the suggestive possibilities leading from his observation that the shape of the bullet wound indicated that, in fact, a stiletto heel had been used as an autoschediastical gun... (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 11, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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