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:

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Francis refused to accept my characterization of his efforts as icarian, as in his view the numen of the river would surely help him build a weir from whatever he had at hand—some dental floss, shoelaces, reclaimed yarn from an old sweater—and when he thought he noticed certain amygdaliform objects caught in the uneven netting, he thanked the spirits for his victory, reasoning that since the objects could not be almonds (in fact they were—he'd spilled his trail mix), they must be fish.

(by Rudi)

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The shaman put his faith in an amygdaliform inscribed stone which he believed had mystical powers, and claimed that it directed the tribespeople to invest their time and energy in the icarian task of building a weir across the river to prevent flooding downstream, but the numen of the waters felt otherwise, and soon the rains and winds of the winter storms had breached the dam.

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Sunday, November 25, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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