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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"I got us into this mess," said Prime Minister Theresa Maybe-Maybenot, to the dregs of her Party, now Loyal Members of her Cupboard, ranged around the table in the Cupboard Room of Number 10, "and I am the only Strong and Stable person who can get us out of it I fucking kid ye not cause you creeps don't have the fucking balls to do it on your own and this is how it's gonna be!" which was when the humblebrag Michael Glove-Puppet raised his small hand and coughed, and she glared at the temerity of the tiny man, barely tall enough for his chin to rest on the table-top when he stood on tip-toes – which was how he normally walked, in a forlorn effort to look people in the belly-button; Theresa sighed and said in that kindly voice, the one she had picked up from Sergeant-Majorette Agatha MacRoarie at her boarding school's Girl Officers Majorette Corps: "what the fuck is it now Mickey?" why was it, she wondered, that he always reminded her, not of Mickey Rooney, but rather, Mickey Mouse? it must, she thought, be to do with his pointed nose and the ears which were too large for his head; he coughed again, so often the indication that he had some sort of plea to make in mitigation for the outlandish ideas he loved to formulate – like 'the Sun is in orbit around the Earth', that 'Ancient Greek should be taught to babies from birth to three months', that schools should be banned from teaching 'engender politics' or that 'he term 'Free Schools' should be used for a revival of the 'Saturday Morning Pictures' he used to attend when he was an ABC Minor back in the glory days of his childhood when he was the same size as the other children, before he got the famous Fright – being stuck in the Ladies Loo for the entire programme and missing the concluding part of the 24-episode serial he had been following avidly and so looking forward to – and his growth-hormones packed in; "why don't you just fucking tell us what it is now?" she gently probed and he turned beetroot, and stammered: "if, as seems likely, we don't. that is, can't, or rather, won't, or should it be . . . . ." she glared: "spit it out man, or, on second thoughts, don't fucking spit on MY table!" and he swallowed the bile back, nervously: "well, Ma'am, I just thought of a wizard wheeze, that will catch them all on the hop and really back-foot them, and what I thought was, if the Queen's Speech can't be written yet and we want to put it off for a bit, till we've got the, err, whirling Dervish, Tangerine on-side, how about, you announce . . . . ." and he waited. seemingly listening to an imaginary drum-roll . . . . . "a Surprise General Election? it would bankrupt the other parties and give us the opportunity to leapfrog everyone else and get the kind of landslide majority which would provide you, Ma'am, with the Mandate for Strong and Stable government and give you carte blanche to negotiate a Final Countdown to quitting the EU!" and he looked around at his colleagues and seemed, for the first time, to register stony faces and dead eyes, and he mumbled: "just a thought, off the top of my head," and sat down, the top of that head barely visible under the edge of the table!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, June 13, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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