Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?
Quandary Resolution 3686
mayday, cross swords, hyphenate, apotropaic


Marcy had taken the job as a hyphenate -- a receptionist-security guard -- expecting to sit and read all day, and she certainly never thought that she might cross swords with an actual criminal, so when the masked gunman approached her, all she managed to do was wave her walkie-talkie in his direction as if it were an apotropaic charm which would send the trespasser fleeing, never once thinking to turn it on and call in a mayday.

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