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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  • #7178 submitted 01/16/2018: flotsam, serac, adapt, epiphany

    We were planning on salvaging flotsam, but we made landfall on the glacier and intended to rest and recuperate, but a shifting sérac caught us by surprise and nearly ended our journey. Then Jimmy had an epiphany of sorts and decided to adapt the skiff as a shelter until we could summon help.

  • #7176 submitted 01/15/2018: copper-bottomed, obtuse, intrepid, repurpose

    One ingenious engineer,
    Intrepid, though obtuse,
    Thought he'd add an extra gear
    To the vehicle he used.
    This copper-bottomed scheme of his
    (Repurposing his cogs)
    Wasn't such a clever wheeze
    When it all went to the dogs.

  • #7173 submitted 01/14/2018: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, windsucker, demiurge, upcycling

    When my father was diagnosed, he still maintained his sense of humour, like a demiurge skilled in the creation of good out of the essence of evil. In a way, he upcycled his fatal disease into a comedy routine, claiming to have broken the world record for the longest name of a disease ever found, that is, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. That stopped his mates in their tracks, and paid them back for calling him a windsucker in the days before his diagnosis.

  • #7168 submitted 01/10/2018: infundibuliform, spendthrift, cohort, Hogmanay

    The hotel in my local town
    Was full for Hogmanay,
    The spendthrift customers abound
    All keen to toast the day;
    The crowds that throng Reception are
    And cohorts of them fill the Bar
    Like hornets in a swarm.

  • #7165 submitted 01/08/2018: senectitude, mendacity, mutatis mutandis, regift

    Anne gave me a CD of 70's music, then blamed it on senectitude (but whether she meant hers or mine it was hard to tell.) When I regifted it to our Aunt Doris, with uncaring and barefaced mendacity, Anne then recorded a different version, purporting to have been from me, but mutatis mutandis, deleting the 70's hits and replacing them with 60's classics.

  • #7163 submitted 01/06/2018: scrouge, Twelfth Day, vapid, Brussels sprout

    We're SO very sick of Brussels sprouts!
    My ungrateful children cry,
    They're tasteless, vapid and horrid, they pout
    Why serve them? Why oh why?
    And now it's not even Christmas, they say,
    When you might have had an excuse,
    But everything's over, it's now Twelfth Day,
    Don't continue with this abuse!
    And all the while I'm scrouging past
    The table where they took their seat
    Avoiding their faces all aghast
    To effect a very hasty retreat.

  • #7160 submitted 01/05/2018: volition, scrouge, bindle stiff, Boxing Day

    T'was a quiet Boxing Day, and all through the house
    Nothing had stirred. (They were drunk as a louse.)
    A bindle stiff looked through the window and saw
    He could scrouge through a crack in the half-open door.
    But he then turned aside, of his own wise volition,
    For there on the floor was the "Gun World" edition.

  • #7158 submitted 01/04/2018: satisfice, blossom, hornswoggle, clementine

    The quest for fruit was satisficed
    When blossom graced the trees;
    And clementines did then suffice
    The hungry fruitiers need.
    The idle talk, hornswoggled folks,
    And liars of that season
    Were shown to be a foolish joke
    And cretins without reason.

  • #7156 submitted 01/03/2018: squirl, quacksalver, sacerdotal, reindeer

    When she wrote "The Reindeer Sage"
    Miranda was a girl;
    She wrote it on her notebook's page
    And ended with a squirl.
    She claimed a sacerdotal role
    For Rudolf, in which he
    Dispensed his potions from a bowl
    Of magic laurel leaves.
    However, he got nowhere near
    To legendary fame,
    For poisoning his fans, the deer
    Quacksalver was proclaimed.

  • #7154 submitted 01/02/2018: hokum, cloud nine, accentuate, mince pie

    There once was a medical locum
    Who spoke the most terrible hokum
    Prescribing mince pies
    To heal people's eyes
    And peppermint wraps for the scrotum.
    But one of his patients drank wine
    For a twisted and misshapen spine
    And his backside ablated
    But pecs accentuated
    And he swore he was then on cloud nine!

  • #7152 submitted 01/01/2018: voluntourism, Brooklynite, fete, mulled wine

    A Brooklynite of some renown
    Asked me to don my velvet gown
    And party hard on New Year's Day,
    To while the lonely hours away;
    I ended up at a gruesome fete
    Where there was nothing on the plate,
    And mulled wine was not to be served,
    And no festivities observed!
    But I obtained revenge for this
    And for their crimes I phoned Police
    They're doing time for antagonism
    On forced projects of voluntourism

  • #7149 submitted 12/30/2017: crackjaw, cognate accusative, spiel, festive

    Throughout this festive week
    I've slept a troubled sleep
    Which cognative accusative
    Is enough to make one weep;
    For pantomimes I've played
    Were all of crackjaws made
    The spiel I had deal with
    Little comedy displayed.

  • #7143 submitted 12/25/2017: quartziferous, Yuletide, conciliate, tinsel

    At Yuletide
    I tried
    For those who hate
    To please
    And appease
    And conciliate
    Tinsel tied
    A quartziferous bauble
    To heal
    The weal
    Left by our squabble

  • #7141 submitted 12/24/2017: obdormition, carol, nativity, mistletoe

    It wasn't much of a Christmas do,
    I wish I hadn't gone;
    They sang some carols at the start
    Then everything moved on.
    They'd hung the mistletoe upon
    The roof of the Nativity scene,
    So anyone with a kiss in mind
    On the manger they had to lean.
    And the final blow was the duff mincepies
    That were laced with a sedative potion
    And enough stale rum to fell a horse
    And gave everyone obdormition.

  • #7139 submitted 12/23/2017: obdormition, pappardelle, flamboyant, Hanukkah

    I thought I'd celebrate in style
    For Hanukkah this year
    By cooking pappardelle and sauce
    For me, it's flamboyant and rare!
    But others gave me an admonition
    That for them it caused an obdormition

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