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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"Meet my friend, Doctor Stridulatus," introducing Dingus Doopeltag to a very thin man, rather like a grasshopper – apparently the source of his name, given him as a schoolboy by lusty, vigorous types who mimicked the noise produced by rubbing their legs and arms together – wearing a woman's kirtle and cap, Martin Luther ushered his new chum in and closed the door against the swirling snow which had thickened in the wind; and Doopeltag thought to himself: "this monk is surely a true curiosity, nothing about him, his ideas, his friends, his interests, his energy, his very life-force, speaks of slacktivism, no wonder the Papal Inquisitors have been sniffing around town," but before he could follow his thoughts any further, he found himself propelled into a darkened room, and the Doctor had disappeared, when, of a sudden, a bright light was shone into his eyes, almost blinding him, "by all the . . . . !" but before he could finish the oath, the light began flickering, slowly, then rapidly, alternating shafts of light and then a blackness, light, dark, light dark, rapidly – when a strange crazy figure began to dance around the room seeming to jump about, a fraction of a second in one place, in the light, then somewhere else! it made the man-at-arms feel giddy and queasy, and Luther's breath on his cheek as he spoke: "fascinating, isn't it? Stridulatus calls it a 'strobe-light' - it's a candle beam directed by mirrors through a lens which magnifies it, and the heat of the flame causes a little fan, a circle of thin metal blades, to spin and each blade cuts out the light for an instant and between each blade the light shines, Stridulatus is just walking slowly about, but because he is always moving and we only see him for a fraction of a second, he seems to dart and dance about; but this is nothing compared to the camera obscura, my friend!"

(by MissTeriWoman)

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I knew I was in trouble when a scowling harpie pushed into the foyer, wearing a bright orange promotional kirtle over her tee shirt and holding aloft her defamatory banner denouncing almost everything we stood for. An alarming little strobe light starting blinking on and off somewhere in the middle of my brain, as I tried to work out what to say. In the end I denounced her slacktivism, saying that waving a banner at me - a temporary assistant in a fish and chip shop - was unlikely to save any fish from being fried in our deep fryer, upon which she started to stridulate like a cricket by shouting "fish fish fish" at the top of her voice.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Saturday, November 04, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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