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:

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Pierrot, cast adrift, nursing a broken-hearted mandolin, moaned a desolate portamento, sighed a planh of tribulation, for his barque's fleet moonraker hung limp, the zephyrs all abated; there he lay becalmed, immobile, spellbound by adversities - above all other, Pierrette's pitiless volte-face in rejecting his suit, carelessly confuting his faith that their love was sure. (by Et Seqq)

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Quite sure I can confute any argument about faulty mast construction, given I was in the crow’s nest where the whipping tailwind sang sweet high-gust portamenti – rolling pitches highs to lows – through the topsails below and moonraker above, when suddenly we careened starboard without recovery – just before which – the new skipper yelled the oddest command: “volte-face.” (by docephesus)

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A few days into our two-man Pacific crossing, my patience suffered a sharp volte-face and I forcefully strung up Perkins at the top of the mast next to the moonraker where he could practice his glissando and his portamento at leisure without my incessant confuting of his right to do so all day long for ten days in a row. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, March 05, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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