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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'Twas the most sublime spectacle I ever saw: with great verve and elan Sir Fardles trotted forward three prancing steps, wound back his fashionably-clad right foot, and swung its bony arch directly into Lord Havisham's astonished yarbles--a most vexatious turn of events for the duke, to be sure; but a real barnburner for the rest of us, and I'll tell you why: Lord Havisham was known to be in cahoots with that sooty little villain called the Black Dwarf, a nefarious  chimney sweeper who ('twas said, and Sir Fardles claimed he had the proof) crept down people's chimneys at night and despoiled them of whatever nougat they possessed, leaving behind a stocking full of caribou feces as his calling card.

 

(by saintdufus)

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With great elan, Jason, heir to the throne of Iolcus, set out on a barnburner of a quest in cahoots with a band of heroes called the Argonauts (who were named after their vessel which was built by the shipwright Argus), and rid the world of many vexatious pests, such as the Harpies – half woman, half bird -- which were plaguing a king by defecating upon his meals and squawking at eardrum-shattering decibel levels, on his way to acquiring the Golden Fleece.

 

 

(by wordgirl)

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The Camberton Mississippi Summer Riverside Carnival had become something of a local joke and embarrassment to the county by 1906, at which point the few carnival-goers and other citizens would become witness to an unusual (for the time) sight: a Mister Johnathon Dean, a local accountant and amateur pilot and extreme arachnophobe was testing his latest prototype when he discovered a massive but not at all vexatious Paraguayan tarantula sitting on the floor of his pilot’s cockpit, in which he was suspended horizontally and unable to move anything besides his hands, and seeing how the peaceful critter was out of his reach, began to toss and turn the early model airplane to try and dislodge the hairy stowaway, flying over the town and accidentally "performing" loop-de-loops and other stunts for all to see, a real barnburner the sight of which and (more importantly) the elan in whose viewer’s eyes was noted by the proprieter of the carnival, who was seven-foot-six, went by "Big Rickie", and had made it his life’s work to develop a modern carnival free from the exploitation of those like himself, so he immediately thought of a way to keep his dream alive and even though he had to deal with consistent lawsuits from the never-to-fly-again Mr. Dean, who was certain that B.R. (as his employees called him) had been in cahoots with the South American explorer who had brought the tarantula back with him and conveniently or inconveniently "lost" it, Big Rickie was, until his death, almost insufferably boastful about his role in the invention of the field of aerobatic stunt performances.

(by MrXerox)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 25, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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