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

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:

4

 

Hector Flores, boniface of Hector’s, the downtown night spot, was a self-made man who was known to belabor the usual work week, literally living for his job and seemingly present at his establishment 24/7 -- despite a comfortable home in the suburbs, often standing outside in a cloudburst, open umbrella in hand -- welcoming guests as they arrived,  staying late at night to keep the books, writing his old-fashioned copperplate in a leather-bound ledger with a #2 pencil kept to a fine point using a hand-cranked sharpener, and keeping warm with a never-empty glass of tequila in the other hand and his adopted alley cat Margarita purring softly on his lap.

(by wordgirl)

3

"Because of the pouring cloudburst," the hotel boniface belabored in his fine copperplate, "we are unable to have the pleasure of accommodating you until the next day."

(by rochi)

2

 'Please excuse me for belabouring the point mate ( and for throwing in that "u" as, being English, the word looks incomplete to me without it) ,' said Fred Swigglehorn, boniface of Ashby de la Zouche's finest and oldest  inn, "The Old Grey Strumpet", to the American tourist who was listening to him somewhat sceptically, ' but I insist that there was once a  copperplate-engraved plaque above this doorway  here declaring that  "Queen Elizabeth I slept here", until a cloudburst of apocalyptic proportions swept both plaque and door away in a raging torrent in the Great Storm of 1987, when they  eventually crossed the Channel and ended up in France where they now grace the entrance of a rather seedy bistro;  and in the name of History I am calling upon your generous nature in the hope that you will contribute to my restoration Fund, standing, alas, at a mere two quid at present.'

(by Queen of East Pond)

1

"Not to belabor the issue, Father Hormel," said the district attorney, choosing her words with tact and delicacy, "but you've sworn on this copperplate-engraved bible here that no sooner had the cloudburst broken out with thunderous vengeance in the purple heavens, than all at once the boniface of the Statler & Waldorf Hotel spontaneously combusted, leaving behind nothing but a smoldering pair of crotchless panties and a charred and blackened fragment of his left ear, is that correct?"

 

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Monday, May 21, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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