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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The DA was a gastronome, she cybershopped for food - authentically French, Italian, Chinese, Thai - often buying direct from growers and producers via Farmers Markets or Co-operatives, and hosted (or Hostessed) intimate dinners for no more than three friends at a time, for which she prepared and cooked every dish herself and took care never to repeat a menu for any of her guests; naturally, this took quite a bit of monitoring and scheduling, but Laverne, her PA had installed an App on Crystal's phone which recorded every Dinner Guest and what Starters, Mains and Desserts they had received and that took a lot of the anxiety out of the operation and gave her time to focus on the Conversation, which was the second most important element of the evening; all of Crystal's friends knew that they could speak with complete candor - anything said in the room, stayed in the room - so, from all walks of life, her guests knew that they would be able to be themselves, even though there was likely to be one, if not two strangers-to-themselves around the table; Guest Lists were prepared six weeks in advance as many of Crystal's friends and acquaintances whom she was keen to raise to her Friends List, were busy people who would need time to reschedule so that they could accept her Invitation - no-one ever refused; the food, wine, candle-light, the views from her windows over Manhattan and the River, and the conversation was an effective demulcent which relaxed her guests and loosened their tongues to wonderful effect, and any of the hundreds who had enjoyed an evening above the City would remember the combination of warmth and well-being, the challenge of intellectual debate, the discovery that people from very different backgrounds were still human beings with whom one could engage and relate; oh yes, while her guests never repeated what they had heard - or said - they would never forget the experience and hope for it to be repeated soon; but there were certain guests who visited the apartment once and never again, although they didn't come to eat, drink or converse around the dining table: they came later, after the dinner-guests had gone. and for a very different kind of congress!

(by MissTeriWoman)


A gastronome named Buster Bill
Could eat what would make others ill;
He swallowed a brick!
They said, what's the trick?
He said it's the strength of my will.
But with candour he turned to his mate
While eating his fork, knife and plate,
And told him he thought
The demulcent he'd bought
Made his dietary powers emanate.
So all ye who shop on the Net
Be careful! Or else you might get
From your cybershopping
A taste there's no stopping 
And an appetite you will regret.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 06, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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