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

The officer’s club was abuzz about the latest laser-guided around-corners bullet, the Quincunx (or ‘Quin’ with, at 200 yards, a 90 foot radius/150 degree kill area) that was born of éclat at the earlier demo, poised to transform rag-tags into spartan marksmen, even exceeding by 15 degrees the kill angle of the original deadly Sesquiquadrate, or “Quiq” bullet. (by docephesus)

4

He was an astrologer of considerable eclat, but one would not guess his achievements—most notably his revolutionary re-conception of the significance of the sesquiquadrate aspect, miraculously reconciling the traditional Keplerian view with that of the progressive research-oriented Hamburg School—from his ragtag appearance and the spartan furnishings of his studio. (by Rudi)

3

Rob McDougal was frugal...nay, spartan (rather ragtag than glad rags in tartan); With his aspect he'd wangle (sesquiquadrate, the angle ?) Now a star - what eclat! - he's a smart 'un! (by Justinnthyme40)

2

In the widely broadcast final round of the National Spelling Bee, the ill-mannered dishevelled son of a ragtag alcoholic sculptor and of a cross-eyed trapeze acrobat overcame with much emotional eclat the spartan and urbane graduate of the Amy Chua School when the latter, evidently an aficionado of erotic geometry, misspelled the word ‘sesquiquadrate’ as s-e-x-y-q-u-a-d-r-a-t-e. (by Sami)

1

Jim had little patience with predictive astrology, but for all his spartan scepticism he found himself reading in Thursday's tabloid horoscope that - thanks to the 'sesquiquadrate alignment' of some celestial jumble - he might expect to enjoy considerable eclat at an imminent romantic assignation or job interview or other get-together, if and only if his 'former colourful exploits' (which he thought might just intend his ragtag progeny) were left undisclosed. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, February 03, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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