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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Ms. DeVille was pyknic in stature, a roly-poly sort of woman who wore garish clothing, leading others to expect her to be rather buffoonish or of a jolly demeanor, when in fact her thinking was quite devious and she would often machinate about ways to do harm to others, all the while finding a sort of ataraxia amid the distress and chaos in the world around her – much of which she had a hand in creating.

(by wordgirl)

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A short, bald, pyknic-built woman was enjoying her evening (part ataraxia, part bourbon) after penning another devious chapter of her novel - part tall, tan, muscular men with 'baby dolls' and beaches with villas, part Hitchcockian machinations of a small, stocky nemesis (not unlike herself) devised against a lean tough detective a-la Dana Andrews.

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Sunday, April 01, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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