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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After listen for hours to the old hawkshaw spin his bushwa tales, his young apprentice finally challenged him, causing the old man to turn and, with an impish grin, remark, “good job junior; a good detective must be able to tell fact from fiction, must be punctilious in following those facts and finally, must stick to it--it’s more sweat than brains---but when you're done, confabulate every success--the clients want brains, not sweat"!

(by fdrisc)

3

My wife and I interviewed the hawkshaw in our small town who had a reputation for being punctilious and diligent in all his assignments, but to us, he sounded like just another confabulator who spoke nothing but a bunch of bushwa, and we therefore resolved that another sleuth should investigate for us why our grass was growing more slowly this year compared to last year. (by Sami)

2

In his old age, Sherlock Holmes used to appear in classrooms telling children about his earlier life as a hawkshaw; being punctilious about the truth, he felt the need to explain to the students that Dr. Watson often confabulated in his accounts of their cases, and that the stories of grisly murders, bizarre impersonations, and spectacular heists were just so much bushwa: he actually spent most of his career finding lost pets. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)

1

"Oh, yeah, yeah, when Whitey would come down to the office and confabulate with one of our old-school hawkshaws, there was no telling what kind of crazy bushwa they'd come up with and call a 'plan'," reminisced the former bureau chief, with a wink to the jurors, "because neither one of 'em was exactly punctilious when it came to protecting innocent human life, if you know what I mean!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Saturday, July 20, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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