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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Marcy had taken the job as a hyphenate -- a receptionist-security guard -- expecting to sit and read all day, and she certainly never thought that she might cross swords with an actual criminal, so when the masked gunman approached her, all she managed to do was wave her walkie-talkie in his direction as if it were an apotropaic charm which would send the trespasser fleeing, never once thinking to turn it on and call in a mayday.

(by wordgirl)

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Every time she fell out or crossed swords with another one of her numerous hyphenate maid-nannies-secretaries, she acted overwhelmingly self-righteous, almost priestly or apotropaic, and always ended triumphant, for there was no-one to heed her victim's maydays.

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Sunday, April 08, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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