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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"Div ye think, Isa," asked Milly Millican, once the two WPCs had found a table in the Coffee Shop where they could sip their drinks and nibble their iced buns, out of earshot of any locals who might want to eavesdrop on their discussion, "no at the moment, Milly, ah've gien it up for September, crivvens, there's an unusual uberty, ye micht say a super-uberty o icing on these buns, they are delish," and she took a large bite at hers, while Milly pulled slabs of icing off and popped them into her mouth, sighing: "mmmmm, utterly glabrous, so shiny ye can see yer ain face in it tae, an it fair melts on ma tongue!" when, suddenly, Isa hissed: "shiver me timbers, First Mate Milly, if that's no thae twa Professors Sir Clement Dane in secret conclave wi a certain 'tubby chap,' as described by Uncle Norman as bein awfy inquisitive aboot the Mid Hill Cairn in the Ship jist afore the fower auld boys disappeared! can ye slip aroon ahent yon pillar an mebbe catch the gist o whit they're blabbin aboot?" and Milly did as Isa had suggested, slowly, smoothly, sliding her chair backwards until the pillar shielded her from the sight of the two notorious Danes and the tubby chap, when she was able to move closer until she was directly behind the pillar and could hear every word of their conversation, as she later reported back to Isa: "ah cannae say ah unnerstood much o it, it seemed tae be in a secret langwidge, but here goes, ah'll no say which yin said which, cos that'll jist get it mair complicated, onywey: "the hill is like an organic entity, like a head rising from the valley, it has been cleft in three and they each have grown individual characteristics, yes, one has a vast cavern deep within, another has a network of passages that fold back on each other and are almost intertwined, rather like the coils of matter in the human brain, and the Cairn is like a great carbuncle, for behind the stones, is actually a hillock, quite unlike any other cairn we have examined, and is the Hill healthy? why no! it seems to be suffering a most peculiar malady, in fact within it, according to the Geo-Phys survey we carried out on the night of the New Moon when good cloud cover prevented even starlight from giving the game away, we worked twenty ten metre squares, see here, on this map, oh yes, and I've spoken to a friend who is Senior Consultant at Glasgow – none of the chaps at the BGH or Edinburgh? oh, heaven forfend, I wouldn't trust those fellows, leak like sieves, he says if it was a Scan of a patient he would diagnose, now let me get this right, rustling of paper, ah, yes: Glioblastoma multiform! what's that when it's at home, sounds like an expanding mass of variable type, size and shape to me; well, you aren't so far off the mark Sir Clem, if I can be so familiar, I wish you wouldn't Dr Goebbels, my apologies, but to concur with your diagnosis, it is in fact a Malignant Brain Tumour – in a word, well four words, The Hill is Dying!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Yesterday my husband popped into our local coffee shop, where they offer cakes in glorious uberty, and there he met with his friend Malcolm who - to hubby's astonishment - had lost all his hair, now having a head rather like a glabrous bean. My husband foolishly made a joke of it and said, "why, shiver my timbers my hearty, what's happened to your wondrous locks?" forcing Malcolm to reply sadly, I have been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme and despite my treatment I have only a couple of months to live. Awkward!

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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