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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Grigor the Doorman slept not a wink – his bags were packed half an hour after he returned to his room when the Grande Finale of the Cabaret Voltaire finished and he spent the rest of the night checking and rechecking everything, from his toothbrush to the old revolver he had wangled after his brief military service in the Balkans thirty years ago; he took it apart, oiled it and put it back together three times, counted the bullets he still had (17) and tried to hide it among his clothes, in his greatcoat and eventually strapped it to his wooden leg after practising his Quick-Draw technique, and once he had it down to seven seconds he was satisfied; then, in the doldrums of the wee small hours he kept his mind active by reading his only book, Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, for the fort-seventh time, but ere he reached the end his little alarm clock chimed 6am and it was time to leave; naturally, he was the first to arrive at the station and found the Queueing Point – the passengers for Zurich were to board the overnight St. Petersburg-Wien-Nice-Cannes Express in two private carriages which were officially designated as Swiss Territory so would not be examined by Customs Officers at the German Border; from Strasbourg they would join another train travelling from Paris to Zurich; all the details of their itinerary would be with their tickets and passports when Herr Hackensack arrived at the station – in the meantime, Grigor made himself comfortable beside a newspaper vendor, spruiking the Headlines into his sales-pitch: "Read all about it – Millions to Starve in Winter Wa-ar! Emperor Predicts New Austria from Adriatic to German Sea-ee; Three Players Die in Football Friendly in Bos-nia-aa!" next came the two octogenarian Pinkus sisters who oversaw the Costume Department, with seven large suitcases and a parrot in a cage – the parrot took an instant dislike to Grigor and began squawking: "Anarchist Assassin on Run!" which then became part of the newspaper seller's spiel.

(by MissTeriWoman)

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Captain Finlay's 1920s expedition to collect bird specimens across the South Atlantic was handicapped by the decision to buy an old-fashioned three-masted schooner for their vessel, the lack of an engine meaning they were often at the mercy of the weather, and never more so than when they were becalmed for weeks in the doldrums of the Sargasso Sea, but ere the crew had even reached their main African stopover at Dakar, Finlay had wangled a contract to lecture on the Chautauqua circuit when he returned to the US, so that every unpleasant adventure became merely grist for his mill or, more specifically, anecdotes to spruik during his lectures, which were very popular. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)
The Quandary for Monday, August 26, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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