Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?
Quandary Resolution 3498
gradgrind, dystopia, ragtag, excogitate


Rupert had excogitated his time travel device to focus on trips beginning with dates in the late 1700s, and set the dials to emerge in Victorian England, but walked out into a dystopia in the Horn of Africa – an area known in current times for its many contrasts: oil wealth and abject poverty; camels, steam trains, and jets – but as he wandered about he also encountered a policeman walking the beat who seemed to be Joe Friday, the gradgrind from “Dragnet”, and a group of ragtag sailors and whalers engaged in a gam of cosmic proportions, which included dancing the hornpipe and harpoon throwing contests, as well as ships in the harbor shooting cannonballs at each other and firing rockets into the night sky.

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