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

Daytime urbanity was lost to crapulous gasconade as the bankers toasted their daily loot, revealing themselves as hoodlums in fancy attire, thimblerigging their gullible customers and protecting their turf by flinging legal caltrops at their rivals' feet. (by Rudi)

4

Juvenile hoodlums quickly spike the alley with caltrops whenever they get wind of an imminent police raid on their sidewalk thimblerig scams, and you should just hear them gasconading about the number of cop cars that they've lamed. (by Et Seqq)

3

The vile thimbleriggers had strewn the road with caltrops so when the police car came after them its tires were punctured and the car skidded off the embankment, leaving the officers injured and the hoodlums to escape unmolested to their hideout in the hills, where they spent the afternoon divvying up the swag, to the accompaniment of much tipsy, laughing braggadocio and gasconade before continuing on to the Canadian border under cover of darkness. (by cusheamus)

2

(continued) Alas destiny has designs which human intervention is powerless to change.  No sooner did Popps land at the remote Scottish school than he confirmed himself to be an unworthy heir of the Soloaded estate, gasconading obnoxiously about his family's wealth and pedigree, and acting like a lowly hoodlum by playing in the yard with a caltrop and switchblade while thimblerigging his classmates in dubious schemes. (by Sami)

1

There I was, on a bustling NYC sidewalk, juddered by this caltrop of legerdemain that impaled my budget by $300, and fixated on reflections from a posh art gallery window of me and, 50 feet behind, the kid – this gesticulating thimblerigger hoodlum still gasconading; then, worse, stupefied by the painting in the window: “The Conjurer” by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1500s), ready for auction. (by docephesus)
The Quandary for Monday, January 31, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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