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:

7

Political brinkman of world crisis, the admiral offered an on-deck valedictory eulogy of two dead submariners, eliding truths that included the linchpin of their inquiry – positively grunted by the only survivor of the crushed rescue bell, the “Helot,” on a deep benthic sampling mission around the sunken foreign sub: “nuclear.” (by docephesus)

6

In delivering his valediction, the outgoing CEO credited himself for recent revenue growth (a boon due more to industry tides than any actions of his own) while eliding the outcomes for which he could claim genuine responsibility, most notably the resignation of the so-called Linchpin Committee (a group of volunteers working to unite the company's fragmented departments) after his new compensation policies made helots of its already overworked members. (by Rudi)

5

A helot's heart is the linchpin of love and for you my soul sighs the song of the South My shackles, your eyes, At your call I arise, I cannot elide the bequest of your mouth, And if you should speak valedictions, Requiring my service no more, I'd accept this goodbye, Had no been my reply, My heart could not claim true helotry's core. (by Megan Louise)

4

Before he left for the front, their master assembled the helots for a valedictory address in which he praised them for their hard work and loyalty, especially his invaluable steward, Johann, whom he described as the linchpin of the entire estate, indispensable for over thirty years (eliding over a period of a couple of years - after Johann's young wife died unexpectedly - when he was drunk most of the time and relied heavily on the other slaves to perform his duties). (by cusheamus)

3

In his valediction to constituents, he portrayed himself as a helot to their interests and the linchpin of a grass-roots movement to eliminate income taxes, however, he deftly elided from his script a passage boasting that he had not paid income taxes himself for many years by reason of opaque off-shore investments and other tax dodges. (by versaholic)

2

In his valediction to Congress, Representative Or G. Ofpork referred to himself as a 'humble helot' to his constituents and admitted his inappropriate use of public funds, but he elided the linchpin of all condemnations against him, which was that he had a week earlier removed his shirt and mercilessly spun and bounced his considerable midriff blubber onstage at a Lady Gaga concert. (by Sami)

1

'Bye, then,' said the freed helot laconically, as I saw the linchpin of our household management slam the outer door behind her, unfortunately eliding those sentiments of valedictory gratitude that she was surely about to voice. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, February 02, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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