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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Shortly before her bloody murder, the victim Mary had taken up the strange avocation of standing outside the alley's stone wall and selling hard-boiled eggs for a penny each to the homeless on the thoroughfare, but when a hard-boiled, less than homey, detective was appointed to resolve the case, he was so thorough and fair that he gave up his vacation and stonewalled all who egged him on, even if they tried to soothe him with red rum or a bloody Mary. (by Sami)

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Far be it from me actively to stonewall your current application to sweep the public thoroughfare - and you may indeed wish to charge me with an attitude both stiff-necked and hard-boiled if you really must mix metaphors, but I note from your résumé that until recently your avocation has been that of philosopher, so I was just wondering if you had given the matter sufficient thought.
(by Et Seqq)

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In my avocation as a tough-as-nails, hard-boiled private detective, I sometimes have to kick ass (or arse, if it's a UK case) to get results: like the time I was grilling "Stooley" Snitchmeyer, the informant down by the thoroughfare, and I needed information fast, but the little rat was stonewalling me, so I had to give him a quick patella to the yarbles to jar loose his confession (it didn't work--he crumpled into a sullen fetal ball--so this probably wasn't a good example, but trust me: usually, kicking ass/arse produces results).

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Wednesday, July 06, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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