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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And the next morning, when she met Mhairi in the Cafeteria, Betty was fair excited at having news to pass on; not that she fully understood it, nor could make head or tail of what she had overheard, but she knew it was what Mhairi wanted to know, so she took a deep breath, sipped her tea, and launched into it: "they wis calling theirselves Uncles Uncle this an Uncle that an discussing a Cluster an a Catchment in Milngavie an no wantin somethin tae atrophy fer want o Uncles seems tae be plenty o Aunties but an hooses wi doggies an hooses wi moggies an thon MacFarlane sayin he wis ready tae baroque an roll if the others were an they ended by clasping their hauns an shouting 'aw fer ane an ane for aw' like the musketeers did you see that picter it wis awfy guid The Singin Musketeers wi Don Ameche an the Ritz Brithers oh that Don Ameche I love all his picters an Binnie Barnes wis that evil Milady ye ken it made me read the book there's a lot of books in the hoose though Mr Elginbrod keeps the anes in his Library in locked cases but there's a bookcase under the stairs an he dusnae mind us reading them an there's G A Henty an Daphne Du Maurier an Sir Arthur Conan Doyle an Alexander Dumas an ye dinnae really want tae ken aw that but dae ye an efter their supper Mr Elginbrod opened a bottle o his Vintage Glenfiddich Single Malt that he inherited frae his faither an he's only got a dozen bottles left an it's very rare for him tae open ane except for highly flavoured clients o the faimly," and she took another deep breath and swallowed half of her tea, and, looking flushed with the import of this betrayal of her employer, she said: "aye weel in fer a penny in fer a poond they wis talkin aboot Childern's Hames sumthin ca'd Guid Shepherds an Milngavie an saying the Aunties wis a game lot there an there wis some kind o car smash or sumthin an that's hoo they need mair Uncles an that Mr MacDonald wha's got aw sorts of funny things aboot him he sumtimes talks Broad Glesca an sumtimes he soomds like he's fi Embra an anutha time ye'd think he wis Furrin an he sed sumthin aboot The Reichstag was a big joab so The Rest an be Thankfu' wis easy-peasy but a divnae ken whit aw that wis aboot he's no as scary as Mr Coocaddens but he's no a real gentleman either kinda like yon Billy Bennett wha describes hissel' as 'Almost a Gentleman' aye that aboot sums up Mr MacDonald tae a tee if ye shake hauns wi him coont yer fingers efter an check yer pockets an yer haundbag tae!" and she sat back and grinned conspiratorially at Mhairi.

(by MissTeriWoman)


Felicia was a cat who lived with several other felines in the baroque splendor of San Carlo Church, but while they liked to climb up and down the knobby, encrusted magnificence of the gilded columns and balconies, Felicia liked to sit comfortably by the main entrance and grow fat being fed by the tourists, a situation that wasn't a problem for her until the rainy weekend she fell into the catchment area on the back side of the building: soaked in water, her climbing muscles atrophied from lack of use, the poor moggy could do nothing except cling to an iron drain-frame and try not to slip further down the sloping wall to her watery doom, until at last a passing gelato-cart worker heard her plaintive cries and pulled her out. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)
The Quandary for Saturday, May 20, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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