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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It started as a tiny wen
Became a contagion fast;
The crew of invalids were penned,
The yellow_jack flew on the mast;
They fossicked for a certain cure
But none was to be found.
They had to abrogate their rules
And run the ship aground.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Monday, June 11, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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