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:


The rapid devolution of the milliner’s condition from lucid to delirious – his masterful dexterity now ambisinister and as finessed as a beached narwhal – started two months after a cost cutting move to do his own felting of his unique fedoras with the cheap quicksilver easily available from the local alchemist. (by docephesus)


Ms. Olivia Horton-Thistlewig promptly lost all lucidity upon entering the hat shop, reaching madly for the first example of the milliner's craft that caught her eye—a fascinator boasting two adorable narwhals at play in a sea of feathers—but being ambisinister, she was unable to grasp the intricate hairpiece with either hand without pricking her tender skin on the tusks of those jubilant, frolicking cetaceans. (by Rudi)


In a rare lucid moment, Ahab confided to me that he thought perhaps he had missed his calling: he had apprenticed to a milliner as a boy, but the man's constant derogatory remarks had left him feeling ambisinister (though his fedoras, while not strictly symmetrical, had a certain dashing appeal) and in frustration he signed onto an Arctic ship hunting narwhals, and after that first fateful encounter with white whales whatever aptitude he may have had for turning a hat brim was lost to history. (by Amalia)


Since you are claiming to have descried a milliner's midinette indecorously astride a narwhal in mid arctic, and with ambisinister flailings lunging out to adorn the tip of its spiral tusk with the most adorably twee pink fascinator, I find your lucidity wholly suspect. (by Et Seqq)


Is it not fair to wonder how lucid was the milliner when he ran in the papers advertisements of his hats being tossed in the air by an ambisinister cheerleader and impaled by a jumping narwhal? (by Sami)


Madame Arnauld achieved her dream of becoming a milliner with her own shop on the Rue Monge, but unfortunately the poor woman was not very lucid when it came to recognizing her own limitations in the making of ladies' hats: she was ambisinister, as inept with one hand as with the other, and was also far too easily distracted from her work, the combination of which weaknesses resulted in a constant stream of small disasters, the most infamous instance being the time she tried to attach a gilded narwhal horn to the crown of one of her creations and somehow managed to cement it firmly to her own knee. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 01, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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