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:


As we approached the combat zone, our platoon leader, a famously superstitious and tiresome kibitzer, gathered us around to hand out fragments of ivory and to impart this priceless nugget of wisdom: "Your chances of evading enemy bullets and shrapnel will be greatly improved if you are truly engagé in the battle and if you carry bits of this alicorn in your pockets."

(by Sami)


A strong notion is on float by the people of this country that possessing nuclear arms will serve as the alicorn to keep the unfriendly country at bay as the shrapnel of hostile attitude from the other side that has the nuclear capability punctures the most keen efforts of even the engagé peace talkers who are not just any kibitzers but are of international credence.

(by jayved)


Our unwanted octogenarian next-door neighbor and kibitzer, engagee maven on all knowledge and wisdom, useful or not, barged in (uninvited, as usual) to explode another one of his "information" bombs on us like shrapnel, idiotic advice for curing baldness with some formula based on an alicorn formula, one more irritating bit of nonsense he had just heard on one of those late night conspiratorial right wing talk radio shows.

(by bloviator)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 24, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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