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

He offered the dock worker a cumshaw -- a tipple from his flask -- as well as a day’s wages for the use of his brawn, to offload the cargo from his truck while he was stuck idling and occupying the antepenultimate place in line, with the additional concern of an impending longshoremen’s strike, but he never expected the donnybrook that ensued over his attempt to “think outside the boxes” and circumvent the traditional means of delivering freight. (by wordgirl)

3

Since rickshaws queuing for trade were unusually plentiful in Dublin on that balmy summer evening I selected my driver with some care, avoiding the first two brawny bruisers engaged in a recreational bare-knuckle donnybrook in favour of the antepenultimate, diminutive, ill-nourished specimen, a creature who seemed so grateful for the custom that, instead of pocketing the customary gratuity at journey's end, he returned my offering as an appreciative cumshaw.

(by Bud Myte)

2

Offended that the departing patron had left no cumshaw, the waiter shouted "Sir, I've served you for the last time!" but then, noticing the patron's considerable brawn and hoping to avoid a donnybrook, he amended the declaration thus: "...all right, the penultimate... or make that the antepenultimate..."

(by Rudi)

1

As I rounded the next corner toward my new little shop, I heard the roars of yet another donnybrook--of late the streets had regularly flowed with the blood of brawny, jobless factory workers--and dove down the antepenultimate street before the fray, which shortcut I was shown as a cumshaw on the departure of the store's previous owner.

(by Vanessa)
The Quandary for Friday, December 28, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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