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

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Now, Lionel Ramsbottom was a veritable dabster whose remembrance was almost perfect: he had been a myrmidon in the Cubs and the Scouts, never a Sixer, never a leader, but he knew all the knots, all the Navy's signal flags, how to send messages by semaphore and how to pick locks; there weren't any badges in housebreaking or boosting cars, but Leon's reward was the approval of the Scout Leader who conducted private classes for a very select few of the Scouts: any one of them could enter any car in under a minute – Lionel and Roger, a shy boy who never swaggered or swanked, in under 15 seconds, they quietly shared that record; and any of them could enter any house or locked room or safe or cash-box, disable the alarms and be through the premises in under 15 minutes, perhaps up to 30 if it was a big place, but never more: over 30 minutes and you begin pushing your luck and that's when you make mistakes and get caught; and he never had – either made mistakes or get caught; and now, on this tickle, entering and searching Martin Elginbrod's Morningside enclave, for the very first time in his life, he was the Leader and he had a devoted Follower: Traci MacGillivray, and that was his first mistake!

(by MissTeriWoman)


The persistent fear of becoming a mindless myrmidon drove me to take on the role of chronic dabster instead, the remembrance of which struggle, with its unimpressive outcome, brought upon me a veritable crisis of lost self respect. (by Shlomo.Dror)
The Quandary for Sunday, September 11, 2016 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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