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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Lydia Milquetoast planned the first tea party she had ever given, inviting her boss, her supervisor, and her minister’s wife, but as usual left the execution of her plans to the last minute, when she found that she had painted herself into a corner on picking up the fine little tea cakes and petit fours from the bakery (which closed too early for her to get there from work the day before), had not been able to find the kind of bread she really wanted (the kind that cut so neatly into tiny sandwiches), and now discovered that she had chipped one of the only set of four matched teacups she owned; the last straw was when she realized that her toaster was kaput and that she would not be able to produce the charming little toast points that she had so counted on to go with her fine Scottish marmalade, the expensive stuff and the only thing she had ordered well in advance, knowing that her boss’s own personal avarice was matched only by her snobbish insistence that everyone else entertain her in the finest style, and as Lydia sat down and began to cry, her nerves by this time so frayed that she failed to realize she could make toast in the oven, the grimalkin, sitting on her tuffet and twitching her grey-striped tail, gazed calmly at Lydia with her crystalline green eyes as if to say, “Didn’t I tell you how it would be?”

(by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


And the three dirty and dishevelled Scots were brought up, under armed guard to the Round Office which gave a 360-degree panorama of Washington and beyond to the far distance; the DC Trumpington Tower was a monument to the epic vision of it's creator, who wanted to give something back to the People, the Beautiful People, who had put their Faith in Him; and so he built this Residence for Presidents which took the Historic Office and gave it a Home fit for the 21st Century and beyond; never one to ignore his own avarice, Duck had set up the deal personally and the profits it brought kept rolling in, for while the construction had been paid for out of the Public Purse, the ownership was in the hands of the Trumpington Foundation and the rent, at a peppercorn 1 dollar per square foot of floor space an hour, brought a million bucks a day, plus service charges, which was well-laundered before it reached Dewey's pocket where it stayed; now with Dolores Bambona sitting primly on the opposite side of the great Round Table which dominated the room, President Trumpet-Trousers was able to assess his visitors: the tall, rangy man in a dusty kilt was clearly Sir Parlane, Dewey's most famous ancestor after his Pa, beside him the brawny Dominic Doubleday cut an impressive, if dangerous, figure too, and his wife, a common but well-developed woman with a sensuous mouth and breasts barely contained by her tight clothes - Dewey wouldn't mind painting himself into a corner with her, even if, as legend told, she was his great-great-and many more times-grandmother, he'd love to suckle her; turning to his grimalkin, Dolores, he asked her to bring some drinks for their guests and got a look which would have spelt KAPUT to more observant men, as she wiggled out of the room to do a servant's job, but turned back at the door and asked sweetly: "coffee or tea?" to receive a lascivious look from Sir Parlane, who said: "ah've got room fur six scotches mair, lassie, jist enuff tae stir ma loins an raise ma spirits," and winked at her; blushing - not something she normally did in response to sexual connotations, but this strange man did something to her which she could not understand - she glanced at the others; "same as the Maister," said Doubleday while Marie shot Dolores a look of pure venom and hissed: "geeza drap o brandy n hot watter, slattern," and took hold of Sir Parlane's arm, a possessive gesture not lost on Dolores, who snarled to the Secret Service Agent in the ante-room: "a bottle of the cheapest scotch you can find, Marvin, and some Japanese brandy from Wall-Mart in hot water for the strumpet!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 18, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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