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

The libations at brunch were pleasantly plentiful and appropriately intoxicating, but the gravlax was in such short supply that long after the last bit of cured salmon had been devoured, hungry guests were still causing mayhem around the plate, fighting against their debauched selves to seize the very last dill shaving, the honor of which I, in something of a pugilistic fluke (considering that I have no training in such mid-morning combat), can happily claim to have won. (by Rudi)

6

When Mayhew dines mayhem will follow (trying gravlax and whale fluke to swallow while quaffing libation... disturbs his cibation!) -- fission whines leave a chap sounding hollow ? (by Justinnthyme40)

5

"It's only salmon, sugar, salt, pepper, and dill", said Simon modestly, "not at all difficult", as we breakfasted on his sublime gravlax, preparatory to mounting up, pouring a little of the stirrup cup out on the ground as a libation to Diana the Huntress, and heading out with the dogs to wreak some mayhem amongst the local foxes (if, by some unimaginable fluke, there were still any left anywhere in the county who hadn't long ago relocated to more salubrious parts). (by cusheamus)

4

“The setting was lovely – but then came the appetizer, mealy textured gravlax that smelled a little bleachy,” explained Grovener (convinced the salmon served up the bonus liver fluke his surprised doctor later diagnosed as ‘Opisthorcus clinorchis sinensis’), “but the libations - mostly of rot gut quality vino – and the raucous band ignited the mayhem and the party went upside down.” (by docephesus)

3

Stranded in Tromso (Northern Norway) by a fluke late spring snow storm, I took up residence at a local inn where I dined with abandon on gravlax and crawfish but a fine evening turned to mayhem after I overindulged in the local libations and greedily eyed the innkeeper's daughter. (by Sami)

2

I told this bistro troll that I'd ordered salmon gravlax, real gravadlax, and would have asked for broiled fillet of fluke if I'd wanted fluke but I wanted nordic gravlax; at which point he suddenly lost it and started causing mayhem, running amok in the kitchens and returning with bottle brandished to douse me liberally with a libation of vodka (when actually I'd ordered a nice Riesling to go with the gravlax). (by Et Seqq)

1

By some strange fluke, while washing down my appetizer of gravlax with a refreshing libation of white wine, I began to choke and mayhem broke loose as I flailed wildly, breaking dishes and turning over chairs, in my attempts to signal for help in the near-empty restaurant. (by sebuck)
The Quandary for Friday, February 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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