Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Christine vowed a billion times that it was our kismet to parent some children and to nidify together, but when I finally presented her with a 4 carat flawless diamond engagement ring and she fell into a trance, ululating and speaking in tongues, I began to suspect that her true passion lay not in love and family but in more mundane lapidary questions. (by Sami)


Charlie hoped his fourth wife would show an interest in “building a nest,” and he possessed the funds to support an extravagant interpretation of that project, but had he known that kismet would bring him to wed the likes of Dove, a rather troubled ornithology enthusiast who took the concept of nidification to lapidary extremes (with emerald-studded twigs, she literally thatched the bedroom window dressings) he might have chosen another way to let his billions be squandered. (by Rudi)


Sooner or later, even the most devoted lapidary feels the need to put away the tumblers and cabochons, the faceting machines and diamond abrasives--yea, even the very cleavers themselves (which, if you want to know, rely on the planar weaknesses of chemical bonds in the crystal structure of minerals), and settle down to the building of the proverbial nest; and I had always had the curious feeling (traced by me one day, as I wandered through the halcyon labyrinth of an opium-induced reverie, to a recurring childhood dream, in which I played chess against a leprechaun, and the Hibernian faery won by cheating, and then did this maddening little triumphant caper) that after the cutting of my one-billionth gem, my own kismet would finally assert itself, and I would set myself in earnest to the nidifying interlacement of the proverbial twigs, and commence without further ado the laying and cultivation of some serious proverbial eggs. (by saintdufus)


I could sense from my girlfriend's constant drooling over other women's brats that she was feeling broody and ready to nidify, but when she came back from the library armed with six books on baby-rearing I really had to tell her, with lapidary verbal economy, that my kismet in no way allowed for sustained domesticity, and rated the chances of devoted fatherhood at a billion to one against. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, March 24, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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